The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Release Date: November 21st, 2011
Penguin, 356 Pages
Sub-genre: Magical Realism? Not really sure here..
Age Group: Young Adult
Recommended for: fans of the 90’s
It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.
Okay, seriously. This book has the two things I love most – the 90’s and Facebook. So when you combine them, will you get something awesome?
The answer is YES!
I loved this book. It’s the story of Emma and Josh, two best friends who log onto AOL in 1996 and discover themselves on Facebook 15 years in the future. And they find that their lives don’t turn out exactly how they thought they would – for better or for worse. When they realize what their futures are, their reactions and intentional actions begin to alter their futures.
I think what really made this book, for me, was Josh. He was level-headed, grounded, and an all-around sweet guy. He’s the boy next door – a la Cricket Bell. I felt like I could see where he was coming from and why he did the things he did. Emma on the other hand. Oh boy.. She was selfish, whiny, and a brat at times! If things weren’t exactly how she wanted them, she would act like a baby! I guess I could kind of see why she acted like she did, but it sure did annoy me!
I really think fans of all things 90’s will appreciate the subtle reminders of those awesome years. And if you’re a fan of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why, you’ll love The Future of Us!