and Carolyn Mackler
Published by Razorbill
Date Published: November 21, 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 was a collaboration book between authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Though I've never read any of Carolyn's books, I've been a big fan of Jay's since I first read Thirteen Reasons Why in January of 2009 (being one of the first YA books I ever read). Since then, I've been wanting something new from him and when I found out about Future, I had to read it.
Even though I've had this book since I received it at BEA in May, I held off on reading it for a while. After I finished it though, I wished I hadn't waited so long.
The story is one that is quite unique. In in time where our everyday lives are consumed with social media, mine is Twitter rather than Facebook, it was fun to see a book come about that humors us about how much we spill about our day to anyone who cares to read it but also about what we do can affect our future.
Though Josh and Emma stumble across Facebook accidentally, they take caution with it and test to find out if it's real or a crazy prank. From that point on, they get careless and do things to try to change their futures to turn out the way they like. Though one minor thing could change their future forever.
In the beginning, this is a story of friendship. In the end, it;s a love story. I loved the progression throughout the book and the added humor that the authors write in. The characters, Josh and Emma, were both very well written and the story was told well and kept me interested until the end. I finished this book relatively quickly, which isn't always the case for me. That's usually a sign for me that it's a good book.
If you've read Jay's first book, Thirteen Reasons Why, or even Carolyn's book, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, you should definitely pick up their collab. And if you've not read either of them yet, this would be a great place to start! If you love original books about love, friendship, and humor, you'll definitely love The Future of Us.
-Reviewed by Jeremy