Friday, 2 March 2012

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

Bookish Details:
Pages: 356
Publisher: Razor Bill (US) Simon & Schuster (UK)
Release Date: November 21st 2011 (US) January 5th 2012 (UK)
Source: Bought
Buy It From: Amazon UK - Amazon US

Goodreads Summary:

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:

This book is genius. Seriously. A story of two teens discovering their future Facebook profiles back in 1996? Totally Awesomely Epic.

The story is told from the dual narrative of Emma and Josh who end up accidently discovering their Facebook pages from fifteen years in the future and end up shocked at what they find. Josh is married to the hottest girl in school and Emma is married to someone who never seems to be home, according to her future Facebook statues.

Jealous of how bleak her future looks compared to Josh’s, Emma decides to try and change things herself but no matter how hard she tries, her future self always seems to be unhappy.

Whilst hooked to their future Facebook pages, both Emma and Josh make some shock discoveries about what may also lie ahead for the people they care about.

The references in this book are hilarious. I laughed so much when Emma looked at the Movies her future self ‘liked’ on Facebook and saw Toy Story 3 listed, when she previously mentioned going to see the first one in the cinema not long ago!

The characters are really likeable and I loved the dual narrative because it really gives the chance to see how both characters feel about the whole Facebook situation. It’s such a brilliant concept and I couldn’t put it down.

Anyone who grew up in the 90’s HAS to read this book; you will laugh at the references!


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