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Monday, December 10, 2012

[Review] The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

Title: The Jelly Bean Crisis
Author: Jolene Stockman
Pages: 308 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: June 27, 2012

A total meltdown. The whole school watching. Now Poppy’s an ex-straight-A with no Plan B.

When Poppy Johnson throws away a full scholarship to Columbia, she can only blame the jelly beans. The yucky green ones? Midnight cram sessions and Saturday’s spent studying. The delicious red? The family legacy: Columbia, and a future in finance. Except now it’s starting to look like Poppy’s jelly bean theory is wrong. School has been her life until, but maybe it’s time to start living now.

Poppy has thirty days to try a new life. No school, no studying. Just jumping into every possible world. Thirty days to find her passion, her path, and maybe even love. The Jelly Bean Crisis is officially on.

Poppy has her whole life planned out, and her plan is based on jelly beans. Yes, jelly beans. Her theory is that she should eat her least favorite beans first so she can better enjoy her favorites at the end. Now she's applying her theory to everything in life, including college and a career. Then one day she realizes that this might not be the right way for her to live her life. Thus, starting the jelly bean crisis.

The catalyst for this life change is Poppy winning the prestigious Denton Award. She has thirty days to accept the scholarship and in those thirty days she hopes to find her passion. While I love the idea of a "gap month," I find it extremely hard to believe that her parents would let her take a month off of school to try out new things. Her dad was adamant about her going straight to college, graduating, and working in finance, so it was strange that he suggested her taking a month out of high school.

Poppy's enthusiasm is infectious! She's so eager to grasp the opportunities that come her way, and I had a lot of fun reading about her trials. Overall, I really enjoyed The Jelly Bean Crisis. I loved how its focus was on Poppy trying to find what makes her happy rather than on a romance or a darker issue. This definitely makes it stand out from other YA Contemporaries. There is a romance, but it's a very minor part of the story, and it's very sweet. No undying love after a week!

If you're looking for a quick, feel good read about finding yourself, give this one a try. I'm sure you won't regret it!

Favorite Quotes

And that's when I decided on the Jelly Bean Theory: Jelly beans have reputations. The pink ones are better than the green ones, the purple ones are better than the yellow ones, and the red ones taste the best. So, save the red ones for last. If you eat the best ones first, there's nothing but green and yellow in your future. You should build on the flavors, knowing that they're only going to get better and better. (1%)

"I'll tell you a secret." Nana leans forward. "There is no real world." She smiles. "There is only what is real for you." (19%)

"Okay, hair, um, body hair...what's the deal?" It's out, and I feel my face redden.
She's not embarrassed at all. She nods like I've asked her the meaning of life.
"Shaving's unnatural," she explains, still chewing. "It wastes liters of clean water. Water that Lakewood totally needs. It goes straight down the drain, polluted with chemical soaps." She swallows her mouthful. "Pollutes the sea, pollutes the land. Disposable razors are just more plastic for the landfills. Electric razors eat power. Shaving's a major drain on Mother Earth's resources. And for what?" She shrugs, "We're all beautiful as we are, pure and free." (40%)

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