Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future Of Us
Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Release date: November 21, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 356
Source: BEA

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.

The Future Of Us is a cute, fun read with a little bit of a deeper meaning. Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler are an amazing duo and I greatly enjoyed their novel.  It definitely met my expectations.

The Future Of Us is set in 1996.  At that time I was 5 years old so I was a little worried that some of the 90’s references would be over my head but that certainly wasn’t the case.  I grew up with a lot of the things mentioned in the book (like The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) so I loved reading about them.  It made the book more fun and their were times when I couldn’t help but laugh.

Emma and Josh are your typical teenagers no matter that they don’t have cell phones, ipods, and all that.  They like to party, they worry about their futures, they have great friends, and they might be falling for each other. They were quite a pair and I really did like them both.  Emma was a little more obsessed with her future and she annoyed me at times but I also liked that she was a very take-charge kind of girl.  Josh was cute, funny, sweet, and a bit of a dork.  Definitely not your perfect guy but perfect in his own way.

Overall, The Future Of Us is a great book.  It was a quick read and very fun.  Definitely a good book to have for a rainy day!

Rating: B+

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11 Comments

  1. Orchid

    I hadn’t really considered reading this one-was not sure if it would be something I’d enjoy. I may have to read this one simply for the 90s references and because its sounds like a fun read.

    Thanks for the great review. =)

  2. Italia

    The story is over the course of only one week, but it’s definitely enough time for you to learn a lot about the characters and enjoy the story. The whole thing is written from altering perspectives between Josh and Emma (Emma Nelson, which made me think of Degrassi!!), and I really like it when authors do that because then you get both sides of the story. It was a great way to get me to fall madly in love with both characters.

  3. Christina Kit.

    I LOVED this book! The concept was awesome, and I loved the characters.

    The references worked too 🙂

    Lovely review 🙂

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