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Bubble World

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  422 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Freesia's life is perfect. She lives on the beautiful tropical island of Agalinas, surrounded by idyllic weather, fancy dress shops, and peacocks who sing her favorite song to wake her up in the morning. She has so many outfits she could wear a different one every day for a year and not run out.

Lately things on the island may have been a bit flippy: sudden blackouts, stude
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ms. Yingling
Freesia's life on the island of Agalinas is perfect-- her classes are more concerned with sips and nibbles than school work, she can shop as much as she wants, and her mother brings her coffee in bed every morning. She can check on her friendlies with her bubble, and even find out what her enemies are up to. She has good friends, and every day is a party. When frequent black outs turn ugly, she finds herself in a beige house in Arizona, where a woman who looks like her mother (but less shiny), r ...more
Josh Newhouse
May 19, 2014 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feels like there was a deeper message but not sure it was clearly presented... The characters were flat and frankly largely odious... The dialogue was clueless in dystopia or utopia... Yet I turned the pages anyway... I tried to avoid spoilers... An intriguing title, tag line and cover got my attention.... There were echoes of Truman Show... Things that were foreshadowed and fizzled... Stairs anyone? Very hard book to rate... I think it would be a popular book in middle school especially among f ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This book kind of melted my brain, and not in an awesome way. More like in the way your brain gets fried if you watch a thousand episodes of The Only Way Is Essex back-to-back. I imagine.

So the premise of the book is that our MC, Freesia, lives on a beautiful island called Agalinas, where she is beautiful and slim, where peacocks wake her up every morning by singing her pop songs, where her wardrobe is so big she wouldn’t have to repeat an outfit for a year and where she takes classes like Advan
Feb 04, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bubble World is utterly bizarre and I loved nearly every word of it! Imagine a world where it's always sunny, warm, and you can do just about anything you want. Where the names are ridiculous and the slang even ridiculouser. And where teachers praise you for admitting you went to a party rather than doing your homework. That is Bubble World aka the island of Agalinas. This is where sixteen year old Freesia lives with her peacocks for alarm clocks and where she studies things like "Foundations of ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Stinkerific. The end.

Ok, I'll explain. This book managed to hit some of my bookish pet peeves, which ruined it for me. First off, I really get annoyed when books create words. I understand that sometimes this is needed to help create a setting (like in Scott Westerfield's series). Unfortunately, in Bubble World, instead of adding to the setting it just got annoying... and confused the mess out of me for a good portion of the book. For instance, what the H is "un-utter" supposed to be? Gah! And
Laura Guilbault
May 24, 2017 Laura Guilbault rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens and teens
I was debating between 3 and 4 stars on this one, because although I found it pretty good (it was intriguing and I didn't expect the main twist) the ending left me very disappointing. I felt cheated when I finished because that last little twist, which was all that swayed Freesia's decision in the end, had been visited earlier on in the book, but it was dismissed. So for the author to come in and say "Oh, never mind, ignore what I said before!" really ticked me off.
But overall I thought it was a
Dec 19, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly knew little about BUBBLE WORLD before I picked it up. This knowledge was limited to the cover – Barbies in a fish bowl – and the synopsis, which didn’t give many clues other than dystopian leading toward apocalyptic perhaps. This book has pretty much been a mystery to me other than being labeled as science fiction/contemporary, and to reveal too much about it gives away stuff that you don’t see on the synopsis. Well, I’ll try to deal with this issue as best as I can by comparing it to ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freesia Summers is living the perfect teenage life on the perfectly maintained island of Agalinas. She doesn't have to do anything borrifying (like learn fractions or read books), has more clothes than most stores, and has the perfect bestie. And when blackouts start happening in broad daylight and people start to disappear, Freesia finds that it's much easier not to think about it. Because she's used to it. Not thinking, that is.

Both the book blurb and the cover point to a dystopian novel simil
Laura Phelps
*I read an ARC won through Goodreads.*

Utterly un-utter.

Okay, so first of all, I feel like I perhaps wasn't the target audience for this book, so if you're a tween girl, maybe skip my review. (Or if you like tween girl books. Don't be ashamed!)

This book is a dystopian, but it's not a traditional dystopian. The protagonist, a teenage girl, cares more about shopping than anything. And that's not a stereotype I'm putting on her, she really does. Anyway, she lives on an island called Agnalias, which
Mar 12, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, kids
This was an impulse pickup because I thought the cover was cute and intriguing, you really can't judge a book by its cover.

This is a story of Freesia called Free by her "friendlies" of which she has many in her idyllic life where school centers around snacks and chats, the post school day is filled with rounds of parties all filled with attractive clothes and people.

Except that's not really what the story is about as you find out about a third of the way through.This starts slow and by the time
Anika Padha
Feb 24, 2015 Anika Padha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really liked this book. The only thing I is-is that this book isnt for everyone..I know a lot of people that would probably hate this book. I think the concept of this book and the way the author wrote and imagined this book was really cool and creative.
Rebecca McNutt
This curious dystopian novel is a lot better than its many reviews led me to believe. I loved the author's quirky version of an idyllic world and a young girl who obliviously enjoys it until she begins to notice things that just aren't right about it. This book is great for the most part. :)
Carol Tanzman
Jun 04, 2013 Carol Tanzman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What struck me about the book is that it's a totally new take on dystopian fiction where the dystopia in question is our modern world. Very orginal. Also, it brings up ways in which technology affects our relationships and keeps us apart from one another. A great read/
Dec 27, 2012 tammi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Perfect summer read for young adults and young at heart adults. Very creative story which held my attention all the way to the end. Hoping for a sequel!
Alana Platt
I was told good things about this book from multiple people, friends, family, librarians, but for some reason this book just was very difficult to get into.
Maybe it was just because the characters seemed shallow and lazy to me, or maybe it was because it didn't really seem like their was a main conflict, but this did not really appeal to me.
The idea is very creative and it was very well written and describe (this is the reason I have it two stars) but the delivery and characters were not all tha
May 16, 2017 Delaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What just happened! My thought throughout the entire book! It was interesting and funny and just weird.
Jan 12, 2014 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked many things about Bubble World. I didn't think it was the most amazing novel ever, but, as a whole, I thought it was an intriguing world. Especially if you consider the characters as products of their environment.

The main character of Bubble World is a young teen girl named Freesia (Francine). Think of some of the scenes from Clueless (especially in terms of closets and friends) and you wouldn't be wrong. Her perfect island life is what it is: completely superficial and ridiculous. It b
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Once in a blue moon I run across one of those books that's really different. In this case it's a book that looks and sounds stupidly simple, but isn't half as simple as all outward appearances suggest.

Jun 07, 2015 ForeverDaydream rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I started reading this in a Barnes & Noble one day when the cover caught my eye. It took me some time to procure a copy to finish it.
This was a really good book, with interesting morals about technology, education, and family. Freesia Summers lives in a carefree utopia--her family caters to her every whim, school is a joke, and the only things she puts much thought into are shopping and partying. She is quite literally rudely awakened when she discovers that that life isn't real. Her real
Sophia M
Feb 15, 2017 Sophia M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the novel "Bubble World" took you through the journey of a girl who lived in this world that was so perfect but she learns that everything isn't always picture perfect. I think overall if you don't like any sort of a chick flick then you should not read this book. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I could have because at sometimes I was confused on the main conflict. I didn't connect much with the character so I couldn't relate to it as much which led me to not liking the book. Bubble Wor ...more
Paige Guard
NO spoilers

Bubble World, by Carol Snow is an INTERESTING book. I had heard from other's saying that this book was incredible. The detail, Carol Snow added was good, but the book didn't really catch my fancy. It was to fake for me, and by me saying that, I did not like that book.

By saying the book was "to fake" I mean that, this book was very much so fiction. People had told me that it was realistic fiction, but Peacocks waking you up by singing to you every morning... That seems super unrealist
Nov 07, 2013 KWinks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn't read this book because of some of the reviews on here, and that will teach me for putting stock in reviews. I must have read five that said this was for middle schoolers. No way.
This book uses surface shallowness to get to the heart of some very deep issues: body confidence, self confidence, the value of other people's opinions, how your parents treat you, what is "real", and much more. The only thing that I wished Snow had touched on more here was the value of education. Of cou
Nov 25, 2013 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca Rodriguez
I received a free copy of Bubble World by Carol Snow from Goodreads. I've read other books by Carol Snow and didn't know that she wrote for young adults. The story is about a teenage girl named Freesia Summers. She has it all. She lives the perfect live. Appearances aren't what them seem. When blackouts and disappearances repeatedly occur, Freesia's world is shaken and she is forced to face reality. She is less than thrilled by the turn of events and decides to do something about it. Things don' ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, basically, this book is about Fresia, who likes in a perfect world, on an island called Agalinas. She has everything that she wants, and she lives on a beautiful island. However, there have been things, like blackouts, and time slips and Freesia faces reality. And she soon has to realize that the real world, you can have everything that you want.

The theme of this book is that nothing is perfect, not even you. You don't get everything that you want, in the real world. I'll put some strengths
Mar 01, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Review can also be found here

This was a difficult book for me to rate. On the one hand I did enjoy it, on the other however, I wasn't wowed by it. Going in I wasn't really expecting much and I do have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the whole revelation about Freesia's perfect world.

We get to see quite a bit of the world Freesia is living in. With it's fancy clothes, perfect weather and extremely laidback style. Though as the book progresses it becomes clear that things aren't exactly as
Jul 12, 2013 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I received this book for free as a Goodreads Giveaway

Freesia is a teenage girl living on the island paradise of Agalinas, somewhere off the coast of northern or southern California (she's not sure - she doesn't know much about geography). She wakes up every morning to the sound of her pet peacocks singing the latest hits from her favorite Justin Bieberesque singer, then takes a zip line to class, which is mostly socializing with her friends over ethnic food, then spends her afte
Erica T
**I received this book from a giveaway on Goodreads**

The first several chapters of this book were really annoying, and I was on the verge of not finishing it. Everything was so ridiculously perfect, it was over-the-top. I'm never one to give up on a book, though, so I kept reading. A few more chapters in the book got interesting, and I ended up liking it overall.

As I read I kept saying it was a mix of The Matrix and Barbie's World. A couple of things I questioned about the book: should this rea
Renee Gilchrist
The book I read was Bubble World by Carol Snow. I would like to recommend this book to Alaina M. Freesia was in a place where nothing could go wrong in anyway possible. It was just like any other day hanging with friendlies, drinking happy fizz, and going to parties, when everything started glitching out. What was going on? Then it was pitch black. Screaming, yelling, whining was all she could here. The lights turned on and there were people she recognized before from her virtual world. Mummy an ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bubble World was very different then what I expected. I chose it blindly from a bargain bookshelf at the local bookstore since the cover looked interesting.

Freesia has it all, good looks, amazing clothes, perfect family, friends, and a stunning island life. Sadly for her none of it is real, instead she is in a virtual reality school. When her life starts to glitch Freesia is beyond confused as to what is happening. Despite living a virtual reality world for several years and then being back in t
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Called “an author to watch” by Booklist, Carol Snow is an American author of contemporary women’s fiction and young adult literature. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in psychology, she spent many years writing literary short stories before accepting that she couldn't go more than a few hundred words without cracking a joke. She eventually turned her attention to crafting humor ...more
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