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

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler | ReviewThe Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Published by Razorbill on November 21, 2011
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 356
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

Cover Review: I’m not a big fan of the cover, but I do love the font used for the title.
Main Character(s): Josh and Emma

Story: One day, Josh gives Emma an AOL cd-rom. She tries it out on her new computer, and finds that she can somehow see herself on this website called “Facebook.” She believes that it predicts the future, while Josh… well, not so much.

Throughout the whole novel, Emma keeps trying to change the future. They are never happy with the outcome. One minute Emma will be with one husband, and the next minute, it will be some other husband. Josh is perfectly happy with his future. He’s with the most popular girl in the whole school, who he’s never even talked to in his life. Plus, he’s living the good life-his wife is rich.

I really enjoyed the story of this novel. I could definitely see how someone would try to keep changing their fate. It was very enjoyable, and I read it in less than 4 hours.

Characters: Josh and Emma were very funny. I knew all along that they’d end up together. I mean, they’d been best friends since they were young, how could they not end up together in the end?

I think I liked Josh better. He wasn’t trying at all to change his future. He thought it should stay the way it was… but then again, he was with the popular girl.

Emma got on my nerves sometimes. She NEVER liked her future. She NEVER liked her husband. She always needed something better. When she saw that life wasn’t working out, she tried her hardest to change it. Life is tough. She needs to learn to live with it.

All in All: I thought this was a good read. I mostly read it because the Facebook sections were fun to read.

Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Info at top, summary, and photo were all found on Goodreads.

About Carolyn Mackler

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the popular teen novels, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Carolyn’s novel, The Future of Us, co-written with bestselling author Jay Asher, received starred reviews and appeared on several bestseller lists. Carolyn has also written Best Friend Next Door, a novel for younger readers. Carolyn’s novels have been published in more than twenty countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, and Indonesia.

Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. Her new novel for teens, The Universe is Expanding and So Am I, will be published in May 2018. This is the long-awaited sequel to the Printz-honor winning novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.

About Jay Asher

Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta College right after graduating from high school. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. At this point in his life, he had decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel, and has written several picture books and screenplays. Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon.


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