The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Release Date: 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. (from Penguin)
Ahhh this book!!! I loved it from the beginning. Just from that very first page and its mention of color monitors and AOL CD ROMS it was already bringing back so many memories. I was laughing at how things seemed to be so amazing then, and what people thought about the internet in the 90's and how different and advanced it all seems now, that those things are now considered ancient.
I think the reason why I loved this book so much is because I felt I connected to these characters and understood them because I was around the same age as them when the story takes place. Just the music mentioned throughout the book made me stop and reminisce of old times, I kept trying to play those songs in my head. I want to make a playlist of this book, just with the amount of artist and songs that are mentioned in this book, there were plenty and it just made me want to go listen to some 90’s tunes.
The concept was genius! It was so much fun seeing these kids discover their future selves in Facebook before it even existed, their reaction to it was hilarious and sooo realistic. They kept obsessing over their futures and making changes to affect it if they weren’t pleased with it. I think anybody in their shoes would’ve done the same thing. These characters, mainly Emma become so obsessive over it that she begins to forget how to enjoy her life and everything going on around her in the present. Emma is the type of girl that keeps her guard up and doesn’t let anyone close enough because of fear of getting hurt. It was nice to see her slowly begin to realize why her life is the way it is in the future. I loved seeing her finally opening up and letting someone in. I love seeing growth and change in characters through the stories and this one has two great ones. I loved both of them, they were likable and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this one, it was such a great read that even if you weren’t raised in the nineties I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.