Thursday, August 9, 2012

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


Welcome to my stop on The Jelly Bean Crisis blog tour hosted my AToMR Book Blog Tours. I took part in the cover reveal for this so I was super excited to join the blog tour. To see the full tour schedule just click on the banner above. On my stop I have my review and a giveaway which is tour wide. It is the same rafflecopter on all of the tour stops.

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  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 6/27/2012
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Overview

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 

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. 4 out of 5 stars

Now onto the tour wide giveaway!! These are some great prizes!! You definitely don't want to miss out on entering this. Don't forget to follow the tour for other great post!!


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17 comments:

  1. It was a fun motivational read. Glad you liked it.

    Valerie

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    1. It was fun. There were some things that bothered me, but in general I think it was a great book.

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  2. Wow this sounds like a very wonderful story when - because of the cover - I expected something more flully and mindless. I'm definitely much more interested in it, now. I also despise perfect characters - especially in love interest. What a way to give unnatural expectations to teenage girls haha. Great review, Amylicious!

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    1. A lot of the situations were a bit unrealistic, but I did like the characters and I know that the book was trying to tell a message so some of the stuff would have dragged out had it been to real life standards lol!!

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  3. I had no idea this book had such an inspirational vibe to it. I really need to get to the book as soon as I can. Poppy seems like a really smart girl who knows what she wants. I think I'm actually going to like her. I love when books spread a positive message, so I can't wait to get to it.
    Lovely review, Amy! :)

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    1. At times she felt like giving up, she had flaws too, that's what I liked about it. I really got her. I could see where she was coming from. I think it's a wonderful book that a lot of people will enjoy.

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  4. Interesting! I love contemporaries and jellybeans so I should definitely try this one!

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    1. This is a fun book. I enjoyed it. I loved her Jelly Bean Theory and how she related it to real life.

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  5. Great review! I'm a little wary that it's not very realistic but the rest of it sounds so inspirational and moving! I should definitely try it out :) I'm just a total sucker for inspirational and moving contemporaries :)

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    1. It does have a fantastic message. I understand why some of it wasn't realistic, it makes for a better story and to really get the point across.

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  6. Nicely reviewed, Amy! And wow, what a great prize. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  7. Glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for participating in the tour!

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    1. It was a fun and inspirational book. I'm glad I was able to participate in the tour.

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  8. I thought that the story sent a great message. One that I had received as a teen. Poppy was a bit intense, for me, but I did appreciate her journey. Nice review, sweetie!

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    1. She was a bit intense, but I totally got why she was. Even with a lot of unbelievable situations this was still really great!

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  9. This is the second time I've seen this one today and I've never seen it before now!!! Love your review! :) <333

    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
    bookluvrmindy

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    1. Aww thanks hon!! It was a great book. :)

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