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.
What did I think?
This book was really good. I loved the whole premise of it and the idea behind it.
Poppy has this theory based on jelly beans. You start with the worst jelly beans first then you can save the best ones for last. That way you work up to it and it’s like a reward.
You eat the peas first in order to get to the yummy chicken. You go to high school in order to get your dream career. Works, right? I think that was a really fantastic idea to follow and I enjoyed the whole jelly bean scenario.
But what happens when you’re not sure if what you’ve been working for since the 7th grade is what you really want? Is it for you or your parents? And what happens when you do all the hard work to get what you want and you see someone not do anything and gets their dreams handed on a silver platter?
Yea….you get a tad bit jealous and start thinking that maybe you’re doing something wrong. You then decide to take a journey to find what you’re passionate about and see if what you really want to do.
This book is a coming of age book about going after what you really want. Finding out who you really are and figuring out what your true passion is.
I loved Poppy. She seems like a kind of girl that I would totally be best friends with. Even though I was not a straight A student *cough cough*. But she has a wonderful personality and I connected with her right away. I loved watching her figure out who she was. I loved reading about her journey. It was a really great read.
It’s always so hard with all the pressure of high school to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. I struggled with that (and still do) all through out high school.
Stockman did a beautiful job of writing. I enjoyed the entire book and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.
The Jelly Bean Crisis started in splinters. Nothing big at first, just little twinges, niggles. Gnawing at me until I cracked.