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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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

Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
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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 Review: 
     The Future of Us is completely different from anything I've ever read.  This was my first taste of anything even remotely like time-travel and I loved it.  My favorite part was definitely the descriptions of the AOL start-up.  While I wasn't as old as Josh and Emma were in the nineties, I still remember the noise it made as it was loading, and crossing my fingers to hear the "You've got mail."  But more importantly, I totally enjoyed the story.  When Emma started experimenting to see how much a little change today would change her life in fifteen years, it was priceless.  She soon realized however, that playing with her future may not have been such a great idea, and she actually started to listen to Josh, her voice of reason... she just had to hope that it wasn't too late.
     Also, I just have to say that I love Josh and I love Emma, and I can't believe that Emma would ever even consider not being with Josh.  The Future of Us definitely needs to go into your TBR pile... ASAP.


  1. Great review! I've got this book but I'm waiting a little before I read it. It sounds really good. Thank you!

  2. I've heard nothing but rave reviews for this book. I haven't gotten a copy yet, but I definitely need to do so!

  3. I love this book(:

  4. This book is a good light read, if you're not looking for anything dense. I read it for a school assignment, in which I had to write a report on it. It was terribly difficult to pick out important events, as there is not a deep, dense plot line, in which a climax is clear. I do not regret reading it, but I do wish I had read it for enjoyment, and not to complete the assignment.

  5. Yeah, I would definitely agree with that, I can't imagine writing a paper on it, but I enjoyed reading it for fun!:)

  6. Im in middle school (six grade)this book help me get Higher reading levels in School also bring my hw summary grade up. This book Is great for light reading also book reports

    1. I hope you did well on your book report!!

  7. I just got done reading this for school! Working on a project for it now!! I loved it!

  8. Im doing a paper on this and its really frustrating i wanna throw the book out of the wibdow but i cant bc its my friend's

  9. zzz can someone tell me what the climax is. Is it when emma ditches cody and realizes she likes josh

  10. Whatever we do, we should always know that our acts has impacts on our future and that of others around us. So, we have to be careful with our choices and actions.
    Social networking is cool and fun but we should keep it at that. No need to go around putting personal information and writing things that others might understand them otherwise.
    This book is recommended to all YA contemporary fans. It's clean, it's fun and it's a must read.


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