Thursday, February 9, 2012

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

Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Source: Library
Grade: A

Summery from inside cover:
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

I was so excited to find this book on my library's shelf! It has gotten a lot of positive press from bloggers. It is hard to remember a time when internet was not a major part of every day life. Emma has gotten a new computer and installed an AOL CD onto her computer (remember those days?). When she signs on, a Facebook screen appears. Emma and her friend Josh are able to see themselves in the future. This causes Josh and Emma to look at life differently and to make different choices that end up changing the future.

I really, really enjoyed this book! When I think of 1996, it doesn't honestly seem like that long ago. In reality, it was 15 years ago. I remember getting internet for the first time in 7th grade. I am not sure what I would have done if Facebook would have suddenly appeared. This was a very quick and easy read. It kept me wanting more. It is easy for the reader to picture themselves as a part of this book. I enjoyed seeing how Emma's and Josh's choices actually effected their future selves. It makes me wonder if even the little things I do changes my future path. This is a book I would definitely suggest to everyone who reads!

Happy reading!


  1. I really have been wanting to read this. Thanks for review. (My brain is fried, so sorry if I commented twice)

  2. I loved this book. It felt very nostalgic to me. Hopefully your wonderful review will encourage more people to pick it up!

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