Do you remember when you were a kid and you had a birthday party coming up? And you’d say to your friends, “AREN’T YOU EXCITED ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY PARTY?!!!!” And they’d say, “Wait. What? You’re having a birthday?”

Waiting for a book to come out is kind of like that. Except instead of bugging my friends, I’ve been hanging out on the beach. And I actually just had a birthday, though at my age they’re not as fun as they used to be. And also, I’ve been googling myself, which is normally a really bad idea, though it led me to discover that Just Like Me, Only Better, a book I wrote a few years ago, just came out in Indonesian, which I didn’t even know was a language. (I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have admitted that.)

Anyway, Bubble World will be in stores on July 30! Until then, it is not in stores (though it is, quite conveniently, available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and lots of independent bookstores). And a couple of pre-publication reviews have come out, and they’re better than streamers and cupcakes. Even chocolate cupcakes.

Kirkus Reviews:

“Freesia lives on a seemingly magical island where every whim is answered in this nifty sci-fi comedy . . . With constantly clever comic writing, Snow disguises her serious examination of the dangers involved in immersion in fantasy and living by whim. Freesia uses an aggressively vapid, too-hip vocabulary, in which something really good is “de-vicious” and a kiss is a “face link,” to heighten the fun . . . Freesia’s plenty spunky, and so is this hilarious book.”

Booklist:

“Snow (Snap, 2009) nestles a powerful message about bravery, self-confidence, and integrity in the midst of fluffy, irreverent talk of fashion and teen idols and a virtual world at the crossroads of The Matrix and Barbie’s Dreamhouse.”

So it’s official. Bubble World is not just a fun read, it’s The Matrix meets Barbie’s Dreamhouse!

Did I mention it’s available for pre-order?