{Review+G!veaway} The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

August 6, 2012 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 13


you can check out the rest of the stops on the tour HERE

The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman
Pages: 308
Publication Date: August 1, 2012 by createspace
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Series: N/A- standalone
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

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.


This book had me riveted! Completely riveted the entire time. I loved the writing style of Jolene Stockman so much. The jelly bean theory totally fascinated me. I loved how poppy thought everything through. I am a big fan of plans, so I liked her right off the bat. The Jelly Bean Crisis was instant love for me. 

Poppy has it all together- or so it would seem. She is a girl after my own heart. Or maybe Bex is. but either way, they both started out pretty much the same. Which a total life plan already made, and she is only a junior in high school. Poppy is super smart, but sometimes she has a tendency to think things to death and that sometimes gets in the way. Plus, who has all the answers at 17? no one, but don’t tell Poppy that. I got the feeling that not knowing was the worst possible scenario for her.

Poppy gets this big award for college and instead of accepting it, she flips out. She doesn’t know what she wants to do. Will finance actually make her happy? So she got her super strict parents, and the school to agree on a gap month. This was the only part of the story that I thought was a little unrealistic. I don’t know any high school that would give the ok to allow a student to miss a month of classes straight. I would have preferred to see her do the soul search on summer break or something. But regardless of that, the concept and the writing were what made me love The Jelly Bean Crisis. Even though, for me it was easy to see what Poppy’s passion would be, but I still loved seeing her journey. 

The Jelly Bean Crisis makes you think. It will make you laugh, make you smile. The writing is fantastic! It has enchanting quality to it. It just flows beautifully on the page. It just seems effortless for Jolene. I love the message of the Jelly Bean Crisis. This is a great book. 

4.5/5 gavels
There is a tour wide giveaway for some pretty awesome prizes! 
Note: this giveaway is not sponsored by Book Briefs so my contest policy does not apply
Here is what you can win!

  • Molly Brown London Strawberry Jelly Bean Necklace from their award winning Jelly Bean Collection 
  • Something from the Jellybean Factory but I will add it to Rafflecopter when I get final word from author.



If you enjoyed this post, please Subscribe to Book Briefs in a reader

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Michelle @ Book Briefs

13 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman”

  1. Kelly

    sounds really cute. But, I think that because she got off school for 30 days ,which is unrealistic, I couldn’t get that one point out of my head! Otherwise sounds cute!

  2. Holly Bryan

    So, I’m starting to see that we have more and more in common, Michelle!! Perhaps that is true with all (crazy) people who put themselves through he**, uh, I mean, go to law school! 🙂 Planning, studying, having your life mapped out in high school (or middle school, in my case!)?? CHECK! I think I would also really enjoy this book, she sounds like a girl after my own heart too 🙂 I’ve heard of a gap year, like between high school and college or between college and law school, but never a “gap month” that would allow a junior to take a month out of school and finish later than everyone else… hmmmm… perhaps if it were really *necessary* for one’s mental health??? ha! Still sounds good!

  3. Jessica S.

    This one sounds so amazing. And that cover… LOVE it. And it has great writing and makes you laugh… SOLD. I’ve entered the giveaway so I am crossing my fingers that I win. If I don’t, I’ll probably still buy it right after! 😀 Great review!

  4. SweetMarie83

    A book that was instant love for you? I’m definitely intrigued! This sounds so good, and I love the cover. Great review, Michelle!

  5. bookbitereviews

    Interesting review! I have seen this cover in a few places and always wondered what it was about. Seems very different and I am glad you loved it =D

    -Becky

  6. windycindy

    I adore the cover of this book. Your review makes the story line sound absolutely fabulous and one has to see how Poppy evolves…
    Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  7. Denise Z

    I hopped over to check out the review because of the title of this book 🙂 I love it when a book makes you think and at the same time smile. Thank you for sharing about this very interesting new (to me) title. I am looking forward to the read.

  8. Christina K.

    This sounds like an amazing contemporary coming of age book! THe main character seems so very likable – and it’s good she’s looking at all her choices:)

    Great review:)

  9. Beckie

    I have seen this on someone else’s blog and I definitely want to read it. Looks like a cute read. Lovely review too, such a cute cover and I’m sold, will def be reading it, thanks x

  10. Lili

    This book sounds really cute! I was hesitant to even read the synopsis because the title struck me as odd, but after actually reading the synopsis and seeing how completely riveted this book left you it has found its way onto my TBR list! lol thank you for sharing!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.