The Future of Us

The Future of Us

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Jay Asher, By (author) Carolyn Mackler

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  • Publisher: RAZORBILL
  • Format: Hardback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 224mm x 33mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 21 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1595144919
  • ISBN 13: 9781595144911
  • Sales rank: 106,936

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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.

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Jay Asher's first novel, "Thirteen Reasons Why," spent over a year on the "New York Times" bestseller list, with foreign rights sold in over 30 countries and more than 1,000,000 copies in print in the U.S. alone. Carolyn Mackler is the author of the teen novels "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), "Tangled," "Guyaholic," "Vegan Virgin Valentine," and "Love and Other Four-Letter Words." In 2008, Carolyn was a judge for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 07 Dec 2013 4

I love the premise of The Future of Us, and I am actually kinda sad that it has taken me this long to pick it up. I immediately connected with Emma and was pulling for Josh, the other main character, and the boy next door. They used to be close, but things have changed for them in the last 6 months, but Emma's discovery of her... and Josh's future facebook pages draws them back together.
It was a really cute story and the romance was a slow build and a little frustrating at times, but the ending came together and it was solid.
I loved seeing how even the smallest detail can have huge waves, and it was hard for them to learn the lessons the hard way. Sometimes it is better not to know. If each moment can change things in such a big way, then you can't make decisions on that little bit of information.
The nostalgia factor is really nice, but sometimes overplayed.
I enjoyed the friendship basis between Emma and Josh, and the subtleties of them trying to figure out if it could work and what their feelings for themselves, others and each other are.

By Michelle Madow 07 Dec 2011 5

The Future of Us was one of those books that I couldn't put down until I finished! It's such a unique idea -- two teens in 1996 put their AOL CD-Rom into their computer, only to discover that they can log into their Facebook pages from 15 years in the future. I loved all the references to 90's stuff! I was pretty young in the 90's, but I definitely remember the days when downloading AOL to your computer took 98 minutes, going online required hogging up one of the telephone lines, and you listened to music on a Discman instead of an iPod.

One thing I love about time travel stories (or peeking into the future in this case) is that the reader sees how everything you do in the present affects the future. This book does a great job at showing how the decisions the two main characters make determines how their lives end up. With one changed decision and one press of the refresh button, everything can change -- from their future spouse, children, job, etc. I loved seeing the consequences of their actions! There's also a lot of humor thrown in, and I found myself smiling a lot while reading this book. For example, in 1996, Emma reads a future Facebook status update she wrote in her car, and she wonders how people have computers in their cars in the future. (They can't even imagine the concept of an iPhone!) Josh sees a Facebook status someone wrote where they say, "Poor Pluto," and wonders if Pluto got hit by an asteroid or something. This book was just lots of fun to read!

Another aspect of this book that I loved was the relationship between the two main characters, Emma and Josh. Even though they lived in 1996, they still felt like contemporary teens. They're next door neighbors and have been friends for their whole lives, so their relationship was genuine, and I was rooting for them to get together the whole time I was reading.

The Future of Us was one of my favorite books of 2011. It's fresh, quick, and original, and is a book you don't want to miss!

By Alexandra 12 Nov 2011 5

The Future of Us is a fast-paced novel about two people who ultimately have to figure out what they want in the future for themselves and from each other. A light and really fun read.

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"These two top-of-their-game authors don't disappoint." - "Publisher's Weekly" Starred Review "A clever, timely story that will attract any teen with a Facebook account." - Booklist, Starred Review "Without question a page-turner." - Kirkus Reviews "Highly engaging.a tremendously likable, soul-searching romantic comedy and a subtle reminder to occasionally unplug and live in the moment." "School and Library Journal"