Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Future of Us

Authors:  Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Year: 2011
Publisher:  Razor Bill
Pages: 356

Goodreads Description:
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 enjoyed this story but I have to admit to being a little bit disappointed. I enjoyed 13 Reasons Why so very much and it was such a heart-wrenching story that this lighter book was somewhat of a let down. Don't get me wrong, The Future of Us was a good story - I just expected more from Jay Asher. I didn't particularly like Emma as a character. I thought she was pretty selfish in her determination to control her future. On the other hand, I  loved Josh. I did like  the way the book makes fun of our society's addiction to Facebook and obsession with sharing the most inane (and personal) thoughts with the great void of the Internet. I recommend reading this book - just don't expect the same intensity as 13 Reasons Why.


  1. This book sounds pretty good. I have read 13 Reasons Why and just bought this one but haven't read it yet. Yeah, I agree with you that this book seems like it will be much lighter than Asher's 13 Reasons Why. Thanks for reviewing! Happy reading!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Gina. I hope you enjoy The Future of Us.

  3. I haven't read this one yet but, I love the idea of this book and the whole premise of it. It sounds like a interesting read. The internet is such an important thing in our society now and I think that a lot of people will be able to and enjoy reading this book!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven