Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fiction
Life isn’t always a bowl full of red jelly beans. Even Poppy Johnson, straight-A extraordinaire, main character in Jolene Stockman’s new novel, The Jelly Bean Crisis, knows that. Poppy has lived by her infamous Jelly Bean Theory for years. Eat the worst jelly beans first, in order to get the best ones later. The same applies to Poppy’s life. Study for SATS. Win the Denton Award. Go to Columbia. Wall Street. The worst comes first. Then, on to the finest jelly beans in life. Money. Influence. Changing the world. Happiness. Poppy believes she can accomplish all this and more until her resolve and focus start to crumble. How can she be happy with a job she feels obligated to do? What if she was meant for something else than working on Wall Street? How can she find out what she really wants? When she refuses the coveted Denton Award, her life turns to shambles. Her family is in uproar. Her friends start to drift away. Her teachers turn their backs on her. Poppy can’t seem to find a way out until Mrs. Young, her school’s guidance counselor, suggests a gap month, an entire four weeks to learn different things and try to discover her dream occupation. Poppy is overjoyed, and, as soon as her parent’s agree to it, sets out to find where she was meant to be. As she takes on this new world, will Poppy truly find what she has been waiting for, or will her gap month turn out to be four weeks of mayhem?
“My mouth was sandpaper. I couldn’t swallow, couldn’t breathe. She blathered on, and I’d wished she’d just get to it. Say it. And please just let it be someone else.
I absolutely ADORED this book! Poppy Johnson is my complete 180 character of the year! She went from smart and shy straight-A genius to a confident, determined, and focused individual! I could definitely connect with her, especially with all the pressure all her family puts on her to continue on with the life they had planned. I loved how Jolene Stockman told the story from Poppy’s point of view, as it added interest and humor to different situations. Yes, believe or not, this book did make me laugh. Stockman developed the story plot well and made sure she used adequate vocabulary to keep me entertained. Every time I turned a page, Poppy was on her merry way to some other potential career. I also loved the little bit a romance in this book, because, yes, I am a hopeless romantic. Through this entire book, when Poppy triumphed, I wanted to yell and scream and dance with her. When she fell flat on her face, well, I wanted to help her back up and cheer her on to her next escapade. Altogether, this was a fantastic read.
“Being happy doesn’t mean letting go of who you are, you know. Being happy can sometimes mean finding the one thing that you do like in a situation, and focusing on that.”
I would recommend this book for ages twelve and up, or for mature readers, because there is some mild swearing in this novel. The story plot may also be hard to follow for younger readers.
So, will Poppy be able to find her dream job? Will she finally discover who she really is? You can find out, but only if you read The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman!
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There are some mild swear words that might not be suitable for younger readers.