Review: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

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.

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. 

Jolene Stockman
I'm a writer of books, an eater of wedges, and a lover of exclamation marks.
My YA non fiction, Jawbreaker - Unlock the (U)niverse lets you explore who you are and decide who you want to be.
My YA non fiction, Total Blueprint for World Domination shows you how to design your dream world and make it happen!
My YA fiction, The Jelly Bean Crisis follows a high-achieving teen who goes against expectations to find a dream of her own.
I live in New Zealand and love gravy, fizzy drinks and shiny things. My reviews will focus on what I love. Because every book has it’s own special something, right? (We'll see!)
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