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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  71 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
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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
Joshua
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 Stevens
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
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Angie
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
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Samantha
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
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Megan (Book Brats)
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
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
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Linda
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
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Barbara
Life is perfect for sixteen-year-old Freesia. She has all the great clothes a teen could want to wear as well as plenty of terrific friends and a lovely home. But as she learns to her surprise, the perfection is all an illusion, and Freesia is actually living in a virtual world. When she tries to tell others what she has realized, she is banished from her idyllic island home to the reality of life in Phoenix where her father teaches history and her mother vlogs about technology. Although I loved ...more
Valerie
When something is to good to be true, it usualy isn't. This was a lesson Fressia Summers had to learn. Living on a perfect island, with a perfect family, having perfect cloths, perfect friends, school, food, parties, etc, etc, etc...Wow was she suprised, and so was I. Fressia and some friends lived in a vitual reality world created by a computers. But is the perfect world so perfect without any flaws. What is???And so goes this roller coaster of a book. Suspence, thrilling, enlightening, and mos ...more
Carol Tanzman
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/
Becky
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
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tammi
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!
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Cara
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
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KWinks
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
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Alexia561
When we first meet Freesia, she seems to have it all: a beautiful house on a magical island, a loving family, beautiful friends, a closet full of gorgeous clothes, and a perfect life of no responsibility.
But you know that old saying about if it's too good to be true...

Freesia doesn't pay too much attention to the little things, but even she eventually notices that not everything is as it appears. What's with all of the black-outs lately? The odd glitches? The nasty nightmare where she's in a lit
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Erica Thompson
**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
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Sarah
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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
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Nenia  ♥ The Armchair Librarian  ♥
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What if The Truman Show and The Matrix... were peopled by the characters of Gossip Girl?





I'll be honest; for the first fifty pages, I scratched my head and thought, "Is this book for real?"



I was really close to DNF-ing Bubble World becauseFreesia Summers is the epitome of vapid, shallow teenager. It doesn't help that she lives in a magical island world that reinforces this. Because in Agalinas, everyone is beautiful, you can spend all
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Sonia
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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
Pam ☼Ask Me About FrankenKnee☼ 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.

MINOR SPOILERS... MINOR SPOILERS... (view spoiler)
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Lonna Pierce
Be careful what you wish for! Want a perfect body? A walk-in closet full of fashion? Nightly parties and school with snacks and fun, fluff courses? Freesia lives in virtual paradise on a tropical island, but glitches & an oddly robotic Mummy and Daddy make her apprehensive. Reality rears its ugly head and Francine (aka "Freesia")wakes up to the shocking truth. This thought-provoking YA sci-fi novel contrasts a shallow, pretty, fake life with robust life full of warts and real relationships.
A.
Talk about judging a book by its cover. I picked this book up because I am in week 38 of this pregnancy and needed something to take my mind off all the back pain and everything pain. By page two I wasn't sure if I would finish it, mostly because the font was mildly irritating, and everything was so sugar sweet bubblegum candy fluff. But I stuck it out, because, as I said, pain and whatnot and suddenly things got weird, in a very interesting way.

I love the main character, I love her. I would rea
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Ashlee Cornett
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Great concept and idea but it just felt drawn out. At first I thought it would be hokey and but it did touch on some real issues- VR vs Reality, obesity, education etc. Quick read and I think girls will pick it up due to the cover but I'm not sure if they will finish it.
Dana
Shiny happy people holding hands....
Freesia lives in a world where the weather is always perfect, the dolphins are always frolicking, and the parties are always super. Then...dun dun duuuuuuuunn...things start going wrong! This is a fun read with a few unpredictable moments (and many predictable ones).
Lexi of Zombie Unicorn Reviews
It was shallow, but I expected that. Unfortunately, the ending and overall plot choices left a lot to be desired. I expected a kind of "this is what I learned" moral at the end but I think the author was trying to fit too many in at the end so it all just kinda fell flat.
Erika
I love Carol Snow as an author, so I had to read this book, even though I'm not a teen. Due to reading the back of the book, I knew to expect it to be superficial, and in the first few chapters I was trying to figure out the main character's perfect life. Was she a Barbie? I didn't know. This was the toughest part of the book, just because the scene was being set, and nothing yet had happened.

Then the story started unfolding. I got right into it and didn't want to put the book down. I knew how
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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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