Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blog Tour ~ The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on The Jelly Bean Crisis Blog Tour! This tour is being hosted by AToMR Blog Tours. You can find the complete schedule at the tour homepage. My stop includes a review and tour giveaway.

The Jelly Bean CrisisA 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. ~From GoodReads

Poppy Johnson is a girl under intense pressure. Pressure from her family. Pressure from herself. But Poppy has had enough. And in a moment of epiphany, in front of a crowded auditorium, Poppy decides she's had enough. She doesn't want to delay her happiness. She doesn't want to hold out for the red jelly beans (read the book and this makes sense!) And so Poppy sets out on a month-long journey to find her happiness.

I found The Jelly Bean Crisis to be a very cute story. Author Jolene Stockman has a very whimsical, endearing flair to her writing. I spent a lot of my time smiling while reading this book. I just know the the book must be peppered with a bit of her own personality. The message of the story is a worthy one. Though I was a chronically mellow teen, I knew many others who could have learned a lesson from this book. Honestly, how many of us are fully formed at sixteen years old? Shouldn't young adults take a breath, a step back, and truly learn who they are before they make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives?

And while I did enjoy the value of The Jelly Bean Crisis, I must say that I didn't quite understand Poppy. She was jealous of another girl at school who achieved minor success with, what Poppy perceived as, very little work. The girl was an artist. And though Poppy found that trivial, this girl apparently did have some talent.Also, once she set off on her journey, she virtually ignored her friends. It was like she felt as though she needed to change all aspects of her life and I just wasn't feeling it.

Overall, though, I found The Jelly Bean Crisis to be a fun story with a meaningful message. I felt as if the story were almost a motivational story. And that's great. I think it would do well with a teen at a crossroads in their life,

Favorite Quote~

"I feel the sun on my face, the quiet. I'm so full of the future, so full of right now. Breathing it in, I know it: this is the feeling I want for my month. Actually, this is the feeling I want for m life. I memorize the sensation. Eyes shut, toes stretched, skin warm. And as for jelly beans? This one's fully red." (ebook, 44%)

Expected Publications: August 1, 2012

You can purchase The Jelly Bean Crisis at:

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tour Giveaway


  1. You're so right about teens not being ready to know what they want to do at such a young age and Poppy definitely shouldn't have worried so much about what Lucy was getting, because we're all different and we all want different things!

  2. Hm, I'm iffy on this one. I'm seeing mostly positive reviews but I'm not sure I'd connect with Poppy much.

  3. Great review Andrea!! I think this would be a great book to put on high school reading lists. It has a wonderful message. Though I wouldn't say that in general taking a month off of school is a great idea, but in her situation it worked.

  4. Nice review doll face. Well said. :) Agree, great for a younger audience.

  5. Awesome review. Not quite sure if this is something that I'd read. :)

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  6. Really a sweet self-discovery book. Glad you liked it too.


  7. The title cracked me up, and I love the whimsey of the cover art. I was totally one of those kids who usually opted for studying over fun, so I am glad there are books out there advocating for some balance an self exploration. I think I could have used a story like this when I was 16!

  8. Great review. I like the description, and the cover's artsy.


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