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Posted August 31, 2014
Reading a teenage book with a crisis in the title at the moment that your own life goes through a crisis is always a risk, but this one was a wonderful choice at the moment.
When the main character goes through the possiblities of her own life, you get dragged into the things that go through the minds of teenagers at that stage, and feel the disappointment when things don't turn out the way you hope they will or thought they would.
The book is really well written and helps people to take the right decissions in their life, in a fiction story that makes it all easier to accept and better to handle.
Thanks a lot Jolene for this great book, and at the same time giving me the courage to take a new step in my own life!
Posted August 26, 2014
The Jelly Bean Crisis was recommended to me by one of my most trusted book-addict friends, and what a terrific read it turned out to be. After having read countless less-than-mediocre attempts by inexperienced self-publishing authors, I’ve been steering clear of indie books for the past couple of months. Jolene Stockman’s The Jelly Bean Crisis can be shelved right up there with bestselling traditionally published works!
First off, this book is extremely well-written compared to other self-published books. The storyline flows easily and the characters, especially Poppy, our leading lady, has been expertly developed. She’s likeable, easy-going, intelligent, perceptive, and reasonable. What stuck with me most about this story is the originality of the plot, especially considering the genre. This is not your average YA plot with the expected, predictable romantic interest, although it does have a little romance. Still, the romance between Poppy and who she at first thinks of as her stalker, unfolds gradually and convincingly.
I enjoyed that this is a story about a teen wanting to make an informed decision about her future, and in order to do so she embarks on a “gap month” to explore a few possibilities for a potential career path that would make her happy. Ultimately, she wants to make a difference and inspire others to do the same. This decision not only affects her, but also her family and friendship with her two best friends, Ella and Bex. Poppy is used to doing everything for everyone; pleasing her parents and teachers, but now she wants to do something for herself - which is easier said than done.
As the reader follows Poppy’s exploration of career possibilities, she becomes an even more likeable character at every turn. Her energy and excitement, while trying out different career positions, positively pops off the page as she throws herself into each activity! Even though she discovers that most of it isn’t her passion, she continually takes something positive from each experience with her. Just when she’s ready to quit, she discovers the biggest truth of all, which finally...well, I’ll leave it to you to find out.
The comparison with how Poppy’s life plan relates to getting to the red jelly beans in her jelly bean theory makes perfect sense. It did to me anyway. Along the way we meet all sorts of inspiring characters trying to make a difference in the world. The reader also learns that there are many others who, in tiny ways, contribute to our daily lives in ways we might take for granted.
The Jelly Bean Crisis is a unique and clever read with lots to smile about, and heaps of warm and fuzzy feels. With this novel Jolene Stockman has proved that she is one of a few independent authors who, by creating insightful characters and writing an uplifting story that breaks away from the YA norm, truly understand what young readers want. I’m excited to read more of her books!
Posted August 24, 2014
When I first read the blurb I was really like umm this far out of my normal genre of books. There is no horror, drama, romance you know all that.
But when I glanced at a friend's review I was like you know what I am going to have to give this book a try and I am glad I did.
Let me say that I do like the cover it is very magical looking and very unique.
This is a story about Poppy who learns to find happiness for herself and not for others. I enjoyed how she wanted to take time to find something she wants to be happy at then just jump into something, after reading the story I realized that is something that we all should attempt to do in our life. I just wish I was fortune enough to try something like a 'gap' year when I left high school.
Poppy is a very great student who wants to excel and achieve on everything. Which I think is great! Kind of wish I had her determination back in high school.
We see how Poppy uses her jelly bean theory to try new things in her life. For her the green jelly beans are not good to eat so that is like the not so good part of life. But the red jelly beans are the best and are the best things in life, makes sense right. I think it is a good theory to have and I have to applaud Poppy!
We follow Poppy on her adventure in school, and out of school on learning how to do things for herself. Quit worrying about what everyone else wants, and most importantly you need to be happy for yourself.
There is a great message written within this story that I think is perfect for young teens to read about. I think I enjoyed this story more than I expected to and that is a great thing. The only thing in the story that bothered me was the fact that word 'ass' was used twice. Being as I got to know Poppy as a character it seemed out of place for it to be used.
Posted May 19, 2013
Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman was to say the least a pretty amazing and unique read. This is one of those reads that is going to stick with you and actually teach you something you will remember for your years to come.
What if you had your whole life planned out ahead of you, every stepping stone set in place to lead you to your life goal, What if one day you realized maybe it wasn’t the plan you wanted after all? The Jelly Bean Crisis follows Poppy, Poppy has her life all set in front of her, she is going to get a full scholarship to Columbia, and go into finance, just like her dad and grand-dad did. That is until she realizes that her whole life has been centered on what everyone else wants…not what she wants. Now Poppy has thirty days to do whatever she wants, take chances, try new things, meet new people, but once the thirty days is up, will Poppy decide to take the path she has had set for years? Or will she create a whole new blue print?
This read was shockingly good, I must say first going into the Jelly Bean Crisis I didn’t really know what to expect, but I am happy to say it was very good! The Jelly Bean Crisis is a contemporary read I think any adult or teen will enjoy!
My favorite part of The Jelly Bean Crisis was the message it gives (or at least the message it gave me!). It teaches you to do things for yourself, and to not let other people tell you what your dreams are or tell you what you should do with your life, and because of that message I feel this is a book most people can relate to. I have had numerous times where family members would tell me what I should do with my life, and then tell me that what I wanted to do was unrealistic or that I probably wouldn’t like it blah blah, and after reading Jelly Bean Crisis I feel much better about choices I make. The bottom line of this book is you should do things for you, do things that make YOU happy, not everyone else.
While the message of this novel was my favorite part there was deff other parts I enjoyed. Such as the overall story, and the sweet romance. The overall story of The Jelly Bean Crisis really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it, I’m not a huge contemporary reader so going into this I was a little worried, but right off the bat when I started The Jelly Bean Crisis I couldn’t put it down! I read the novel in one sitting without even realizing it. Jolene’s writing flowed so easily it was hard to find a good spot where I wanted to put it down!
Along with the overall story I really loved the romance. While the romance was there, it was not a big part of the story at all. It was a very slight part in the story which actually made me like the story even more, the romance wasn’t forced it was something that was there though and it was a nice cute romance.
Overall The Jelly Bean Crisis is a novel I would recommend to anyone looking for something different in the YA genre, it was a book I picked up hesitantly, but am now glad to announce that I loved it!
Posted December 12, 2012
This story rings true!
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished rather quickly. I found that the story rang true and is an important lesson for people - especially high school and college students - to learn. That lesson is that you don't have to have everything planned out from the very beginning, sometimes you have to find yourself and your path.
I really liked Poppy. She had courage and drive. She took a chance and in the end found an appropriate resolution to her "crisis". Sometimes I wish that I had had a gap year or someone to help guide me to find a passion. You may not always find it in the beginning...but keep looking because it may come about eventually.
I also found the different jobs/career paths that Poppy was trying out interesting. At first, I thought that everything was falling into place too neatly, too conveniently. I was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case. That everything did not happen perfectly for Poppy, or her friends. That was refreshing and made this book feel real to me.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to adults, college students, and high school students.
Will I read it again: I will not.
Posted August 9, 2012
This book was fantastic. It has a wonderful message and I thought that in general the characters were pretty great too. There's a tiny little bit of romance, but it's mainly about finding yourself and making your own decisions. I loved the whole Jelly Bean Theory too. It was fun, but also made a lot of sense when you think about it. Why eat all the best ones first and get left with crap, save some of the best ones for last! Great life lesson.
Poppy is super smart and has always known what her future holds. She will go to Columbia like her father, and his father, and so on and continue on the family legacy. She has worked hard for it her whole life. Then some certain events happen leading up to her getting the Denton award which is full scholarship to Columbia. She realizes that maybe that's not what she wants. It's what everyone else wants from her. She has spent her whole life living up to everyone else's expectations without thinking about what she wants out of life. She wants to be happy so she turns down the award in front of the entire school. Her dad is angry, but agrees to let her take a month to do what she wants and try to find what she's looking for. She tries a few different things and in the end makes a decision. Her choice, not what everyone else wants. I really liked her determination. It wasn't all easy, but she went in full out, head first. It is pretty inspiring honestly. The only thing I didn't like was that she was so easily judgemental of people and she is afraid of people being judgemental of her. It wasn't enough to bother me, but it did stand out for me.
Her two best friends were just okay to me. I know they are in high school so pretty much everything seems like it's a big deal, but these are smart girls who have their future figured out. Bez is a little over the top for me and totally hypocritical. You will understand if you read the book. She is also not very supportive of Poppy at all and she is a bit selfish by thinking it's not fair for Poppy to just go off for a month and leave them. I really liked Ella. She is more laid back and fun. She doesn't try to interfere with what Poppy is doing. It's not to say that she agrees with it, but she isn't so dramatic about it like Bez is, and she is the one who is into performing arts. In the end I really did like both character though. I liked that they had their flaws. Perfect characters aren't realistic.
Now onto how things actually happened. I have to say some of it was a bit unrealistic. Like when she works at the bakery and some of the other places. No one ever asks for paperwork, parent permission, wants her to sign wavers, no one even checks her ID or anything. She just goes to these places and it's like, "Okay cool, get to work." I mean really, companies have certain liabilities and such things so that's not very likely. I know that it would be a bit boring telling us about her doing all this stuff, but it's not even implied. She is just told to go show up so she does and that's that. Aside from that though, it's enjoyable to see how she fits in or doesn't in each different place. She takes a great lesson from each one too. You really get a feel for her excitement or disappointment.
The message that this book gives is so great though. Poppy is just a girl who has done what she is supposed to her whole life. She wants to go to college, she wants a successful future, but she also wants to be happy. She needs to find that happiness and she won't let anyone tell her no. It's her life and she is ready to take control. She is a responsible girl and wants to make her family happy too, but knows that it's her life and future. She has always gone by her Jelly Bean Theory that you get the yucky stuff out of the way and save the best for last, but now she realizes that your least favorite jelly bean may be someone else's favorite. You need to have the good and the bad. If you eat all the best now, what do you have left to look forward to later. Poppy is not the only one who really comes to terms with things either. I loved how all of the characters really learned something along the way too. This book is a must read for contemporary lovers and I think that all teenagers should read this book. Wonderful story with a good strong message.
Posted October 27, 2012
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