The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (Hannah)

March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

“Josh and Emma are about to discover themselves–fifteen years in the future

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 everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD-ROM 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 Facebook . . . but Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates–it’s all there. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right–and wrong–in the present.”

Rating: 3 stars

The Future of Us had an incredible premise, but shaky execution. The story spirals out of control in too many different directions and the ending becomes obvious halfway through the book. Emma and Josh, the main characters narrated by Mackler and Asher respectively, don’t initially come off very likable. Emma seems shallow and self-involved while Josh appears kind of pathetic. As the book progresses, the characters begin to round out, but the plot begins to decay. As a kid of mainly “the aughts”, I didn’t catch many of the 90’s references. Perhaps the book would score higher with a slightly older audience. Despite my criticism of the characters and story arc, I did look forward to reading this book when I first heard about it and would recommend it to a reader looking for a brief, interesting read.

Entry filed under: Book Reviews, YA Novels.

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