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

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.

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Genre: Young Adult

Length: 356 Pages

Published: 2011 by Razorbill

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Review

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I dig this book since the first time I saw Jay Asher’s name. So I didn’t hesitate to pick The Future of Us up and read it right away.

I was thrilled with the idea of The Future of Us that brought Facebook to another aspect. I believed that the first thing we did when we opened our computer was log in to our Facebook page to find out what was going on with our friends’ life and share our. However, this book brought the future of two teenager through the Facebook page…how awesome was that. I also loved the story that told what happened in Josh and Emma’s life from the first time they discovered Facebook…and after that, told it day by day. Even though it didn’t give me goosebumps like the very first page of the book that said:

In 1996 less than half of all American high school students had ever used the Internet.
Facebook would not be invented until several years in the future.
Emma & Josh are about to log on to their futures.

I really liked Emma and Josh. I liked how they acted when they found out what happened in their future lives. Emma tried to fix and change it into what she wanted so she could have better life. Unlike Josh, he wanted his future to be exactly the way they were. Every page I flipped they struggled with their lives but they also grew up. I also loved the beautiful ending…it made everything I read worthwhile.

I loved the way this book (secretly) told me that everything we did in the present (even the tiny thing) could effect our future.

Oh! by the way, I forgot to mention that you should listen to those songs that appeared in the book…it’d make you more into the book than ever.

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