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Review: The future of us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Published by Simon and Schuster

It's 1996 and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook... fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them.
Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I'm the first to admit when I started this book I wasn't a Jay Asher fan. I hated 13 reasons why but I loved this book.

The story follows Emma and Josh. Emma gets a computer and on her first time online she opens up facebook featuring herself 15 years in the future. At first they think it is a joke but as they delve deeper and as their day to day actions change details in the future things start to get more complicated. They both start to ponder about what they should know about their future and how much they ought to influence their future by changes they make in their day to day life.

I loved the idea of this book mainly because I think 16 year old me would have loved a glimpse at my life now via facebook. As someone who remembers life before the Internet I thought the story was spot on ... night sat by your landline waiting for a phone call and then the excitement of your first computer even though in comparison they were agonisingly slow.

I loved Josh as a character and thought he was really sweet in his teenage way. I did struggle to warm to Emma in the same way because I found her to be a little bit shallow in the way she viewed the world.

The only thing I didn't like is how distraught the pair got about children / not having children as things changed on facebook. I don't necessarily think having a family is the be-all-and-end-all for most teenagers nor is it a sign "you've made it".

All in all a book with an original idea that I really enjoyed.


Loved this book with a capital L <3
Cait said…
Glad to see you enjoyed this despite not liking 13 reasons why, because I didn't like that either. Totally agree with you about the children thing too....I'm intrigued though, definitely considering this one

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iffath said…
Fab review, I must get a copy of this soon - lots of people have been gushing about it! Sounds likes something I'd quite enjoy and 1996 was the year I was born.. hah!