Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman A Review

The Jelly Bean Crisis

by Jolene Stockman
Goodreads Summary:
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.

So, why do I recommend you read this book? If you're a teen thinking about going to college or a parent with a kid going off to college, I think you should read it simply so you can remember who's life it is that's going to be affected the most by college. What's the right major? Should I take a year off? Should I let my child take a year off? Should I let them go for their dreams or a sensible job? If any of those questions are wandering around in your mind, even if you're an adult considering going back to college, read this novel.

Poppy has planned her life to please everyone but herself. She doesn't even know what makes her happy. I'm surprised she knows how she likes her pancakes. But when she's been pushing herself for so long to get the Denton award, a full ride to Columbia plus allowance, she stumbles. She realizes that being an investment banker may not be what she wants. She has never tried anything but what's on her plan, math, extra credit, lots of studying, anything that will look good on her transcripts. But her world is so limited that she doesn't know enough about it to know what she does and doesn't like. Her guidance counselor mentions a gap year between high school and college and Poppy jumps at that.

Dad doesn't. Dad and all of the people on his side of the family, the men, are legacies at Columbia. His father made him go and become a bank manager and he's going to make sure Poppy is taking that scholarship and study finance at Columbia.  But he's willing to compromise, amazingly. She gets 30 days starting now to find out what she wants to do. And the race is on. It's unfair pressure. Poppy is a junior and sixteen. I doubt any sixteen year old really knows what they want to be. And Poppy knows that she's good in math, with numbers, but it doesn't make her happy. But she is sixteen, and has amazing resilience and optimism. She doesn't even let the less than supportive talks from her teachers sway her from her gap month.

There are some great moments in Poppy's experiences like eating all the cookie dough you could possibly want. Falling into the compost bin at an organic farm and chasing a chicken. Even being a go for on a movie set. She even meets a boy, something she's never done at her all girl high school and she learns the importance of her friends.

I only had one small time when I felt Poppy was being a tad over dramatic, but she is a 16 yr old girl. She kept on about how she didn't feel anything and she was miserable and a failure. She hadn't discovered what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. As smart as she is she still didn't figure out for herself that she wouldn't figure it out at 16. If she did, she would be one of the very few.

This is a really good coming of age, discovering yourself contemporary novel. Romance takes a back seat to the journey of finding yourself. Anyone struggling with that question might find some answers in the novel. I found the writing easy going, not overly descriptive. A couple of parts dragged but not for long.
I'm almost hoping there will be a second novel to follow up on Poppy and let us see what happens.

This is a very clean read and appropriate for 12 and up. I can't wait to read future works from this author,
Jolene Stockman.

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  1. I am so happy to hear you liked it! I love the cover and i truly love the the sound of it! I most definitely will put it on my list!

    and of course, it's easy to relate. I mean we were all at this point where we need to decide how to go on with life!

  2. This really does sound like a great book for the pre-teen/teen market. I mean even adults don't know what they want to be when they grow up! I love the idea of taking time to find out who you really are and what you want in life. What a great review!


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