The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Dates Read: December 28, 2011
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.
The Future of Us is a solid, well-written young adult novel cowritten by the authors of Thirteen Reasons Why (a book I loved) and The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things. The novel has an interesting premise and several lessons to offer. It makes you consider what consequences your actions have on the future, the impact of your attitude on future events, the value of what you hold dear, the value of what you take for granted, and how much the relationships you have really matter. I think it has a special impact for me because I am familiar with memories of how the internet played out back in 1995 and currently. I’d recommend it to anyone that thinks they’d find the premise interesting, likes books about friends rediscovering their value to each other, and fans of either author. I enjoyed it, and I think you will too.