Monday, March 19, 2012

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Monday, March 19, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: Standalone
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thefutureofus
Source: Library

The Future of Us 

Josh and Emma, two teens growing up in 1996, were once best friends but have  started to grow apart. But when Emma gets a new computer and Josh gives her an AOL CD-ROM, they realize that it doesn't just install AOL... it installs Facebook, a site that won't exist for nearly a decade. Suddenly able to see fifteen years into their futures- and all of their friends' futures- their lives change in both time periods. As their time of looking in on Facebook increases, though, it becomes uncertain whether their present or futures are really what either of them want. So the question remains: what can they do to change it?


The Future of Us and I started out on shaky footing. I'm sure it didn't help that a lot of reviews I read said it was simply okay, but it was also that I was having a hard time relating to Emma and Josh. Emma just seemed selfish and Josh, while significantly better than his narrative counterpart, seemed shallow. Thankfully, though, both characters managed to redeem themselves very quickly and I ended up especialy liking Josh. Emma and Josh's best friends, Kellan and Tyson, are great, too with their on-again-off-again relationship and their antics.

Of course, the premise is just so cool. Even if it had been written by someone other than Jay Asher, I would have read it. However, I'm so glad Mr. Asher is the author, and Carolyn Mackler is, too. I've never read anything written by her before, but I soon saw that her writing is just as addicting as her coauthor. I flew through this book, reading it in under three hours. I can't tell you the last time I've done that!

The thing about The Future of Us is that it is, in my opinion, much less of a time-warp story and more of a story about the relationship between two friends. It's a coming of age tale, just during a time when there were VHS tapes, dial-up connection, and beepers, instead of the crazy technology we have today. And let me tell you, the 90s nostalgia is so fun! (Especially when they mentioned Alanis Morissette <3)
*4.3 stars*
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