The Future of Us

In YA Book Reviews on September 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm


by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

YA Fiction/@2011/ 356 pages/7th Grade and Up/Stand Alone Book*

Publisher’s Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

I think the unique time-travel premise of this book is highly creative and a welcome change from the overwhelming number of dystopian novels in the Young Adult genre. Overall, it was a quick read, with some parts more engaging than others. I did like how the story telling shifted between Emma and Josh, and how it helped clarify what each was feeling. Always interesting to get the male and female take on the same experience. I got a kick out of the 1996 setting and where technology was back in the day. It should be quite the eye-opener for today’s teen.  Overall, it is a fun and light read.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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