Immersion classes and mega-parties on a tropical island - high school in paradise, with shopping, ziplines, and the cutest itty-cars! Freesia and her friendlies love being here, but these recent power outages are so wackacchino, like something is going wrong on Agalinas. Like what went wrong on the mainland?
Freesia's parents and adoring little sister know the beautiful high schooler needs lots of time to be with her friendlies (and keep tabs on her enemies via bubble) and lots of shells to spend on clothes. Her bubble helps with Attire Assistance for her extensive wardrobe, holds her Outfit Registry (wear an outfit more than once every 4 months? Never!), and keeps her Chase Bennett music playing.
Her teachers match the snacks to the class, like bimbimbop and kimchee for Korean immersion and culture, but don't make the students wear themselves out speaking the language or doing homework. More time for parties and waterslides and shopping!
With exquisite houses and perfect beaches for these gorgeous teens, no one wonders why there's no airport or passenger boat service to the mainland... but Freesia and best friend Ricky start to wonder about the more-frequent outages and discover startling things about Agalinas Island and Bubble World.
When one outage doesn't reboot like normal, Freesia finds herself on the mainland, in her real non-beautiful body as Francine, in her family's real house in the desert! What her parents thought about her virtual school is nowhere close to its reality; what Freesia thought was reality is closed off from her now.
How can Francine/Freesia cope with Phoenix instead of paradise? Do her Agalinas friendlies miss her as much as she misses them? How can she get back to the island??
Identity, reality, and friendship get spun and twisted around in this near-future tale of trying to use the digital world to avoid coping with the real world.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com