Monday, October 24, 2011

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

Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
ARC, 309 pages
Date Published: November 21, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
In the age of Facebook and smartphones, it’s almost difficult to remember a time when every American household didn’t have at least one computer. But that’s exactly the life that Emma and Josh live. 1996 was the year of Toy Story, but for these two used to be best friends, now awkward moment neighbors, 96’ is the year they discover their future selves; all thanks to AOL and the appearance of a website with profiles that very much resemble themselves and people they know.

As far as the premise goes, The Future of Us had me sold. Back that with talented authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and I was more than eager for this book. I’m happy to say that the book had all the aspects I had looked forward to, but it didn’t blow me away.

Emma can be quite whiny and annoying at times, complaining that she has to change what she believes is a horrible, unhappy future, and all based on her future self’s random postings. In 200 characters or so, Emma decides that her future sucks, but since she’s still in 1996, she can change that. And does so more than willingly.

Josh, on the other hand, is much more wary of changing the future on purpose. He’s laid-back and more level-headed than Emma. He also has that pining away for a girl who doesn’t want him thing down pat. Readers will like him and feel for him. I know I did.

The Future of Us is a fast read, with short chapters that alternate between Emma’s and Josh’s POV. At times, it tries too hard to be 90’s and it never manages to actually do that. Still, it’s fun to see Emma’s utter confusion about what Harry Potter is and why it’s one of her favorite books, as well as her future self’s excitement over a night of Netflix and Glee. If you’re looking for a quick read that will entertain you, The Future of Us is sure to do just that.

Opening line: I can’t break up with Graham today, even though I told my friends I’d do it the next time I saw him. ~ pg. 12

Favorite lines/passages: “He broke your heart! How can you call it love when he hurt you so badly?” Kellan pops another fry into her mouth. “It was love because it was worth it.” ~ pg. 54

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

Find Jay Asher online:
Blog | The Future of Us Facebook

Find Carolyn Mackler online:
Blog | Twitter

Pre-order it online:


Melissa said...

I can't wait to read this, everything about the synopsis screams "read me".

Britt said...

Too bad you didn't love this, but at least it was decent. I will definitely be picking this one up. Harry Potter and Glee <3

Candace said...

I've been really excited for this book because I remember 96 really well. I was a teenager and that was a great year (though I may not have felt so at the time...). I've heard from others that they felt just so-so about it, so maybe this is one I should just borrow from someone or get from the library. I'm still excited to read it though!

Lori said...

I didn't finish this one =/ Mostly because it tries to hard to be 90's, like you said. The cliches got to me. It probably wouldn't be that bad if I didn't remember the 90's lol. I'm happy you enjoyed it though.

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