Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blog Tour: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman - Review and Giveaway

The Jelly Bean Crisis

Welcome to my stop on the tour for the Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman.  The tour is sponsored by AToMR tours.  Be sure and check out the other stops on the tour here.  There is also a great giveaway going on, which you can enter below.   

The Jelly Bean Crisis

by Jolene Stockman
Published August 1, 2012

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.

My Thoughts:  Poppy Johnson is 16 years old and has spent her entire life striving to be the top of her class in order to win the prestigious Denton award, a full scholarship to Columbia.  She's had her whole life planned out since she was young, everything neatly figured out, she even has her own jelly bean theory.  On the day her dreams are about to come true, she is suddenly hit with the realization that she isn't sure if this is really what she wants.  With the help of her high school counselor, her Nana, and her somewhat reluctant parents, Poppy is given thirty days to figure things out.  Sink or swim, she's in, and eager to take on the world and find her place in it.

This is a really cute and fun story about a young girl's quest to find herself and her place in life.  As the reader, you take the month-long journey with Poppy as she discovers who she is and who she is not.  Poppy is a very charismatic and entertaining character.  I really liked her a lot.  The things she thinks are as entertaining as the things she says.  Other characters are best friends Becca and Ella, each with their own plans for their future.  Then there is Stratford Logan, the hottie that Poppy just seems to keep bumping into everywhere.  I enjoyed seeing Poppy mature in this story, and learn to stand up for herself and what she wants, and do this without destroying her relationship with her family, especially her dad, and her friends.  There was the hint of romance in the story also, which was really sweet.  This was a cute, fun, and fast-paced read, and would really appeal to the high-school age group, though we all can learn a little life lesson from The Jelly Bean Crisis.  As Poppy would say, everyone's favorite color might not be red.  

Jolene Stockman Bio
Jolene Stockman is an award winning writer, speaker, and an expert for Girlfriend Magazine Australia. She is a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, and one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Jolene lives in New Zealand, and is the author of Total Blueprint for World Domination. The Jelly Bean Crisis is her debut fiction.

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  1. It's really helpful to get all reviews in one place.

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  2. I, too, thought this was a cute, fun story w/a good message. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Very nice review!


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