The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler | Why Girls Are Weird

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

It's 1996 and Josh and Emma have been neighbors all their lives.  They've also been best friends almost as long, up until November when something that Josh did changed everything.  Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh's family receives an AOL CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over to Emma's so that she can try it out on her new computer.  When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto Facebook... except Facebook hasn't been invented yet.  Josh and Emma are looking at profiles of themselves 15 years in the future - their spouses, careers, homes and status updates - it's all there.  Except their futures aren't what they expected them to be.  And every time they refresh their pages their futures change again.  As they grapple with the knowledge that they have their forced to confront what their doing right - and wrong - in the present.

The minute I heard of this book I knew that I had to read it.  It's such an interesting concept.  I mean, think back to yourself when it was 1996 and the internet was just starting to get big.  Could you imagine what would happen if you logged into AOL and found your Facebook self and got to see your future?  I know that I am nothing like what I thought I was going to be when it was 1996. 

This book poses some really great questions.  If you knew what your future held, would you do things differently in your present to make things better?  Or would you keep doing what your doing?  Would you worry how the ripples you cause are going to change other people's lives?

Although this is technically YA Fiction, I'd highly recommend it to anyone.  It was an interesting and fun read that I could help devouring.

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17 wonderful thoughts:

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia

Does sound interesting. It's amazing how much categories can influence. I hear or see YA Fiction and think "I'll pass" and then I about these great books through your reviews that are YA and think...hmm...I still want to read that. Hope you have a great weekend K.


Thanks for this! I am a HUGE YA fiction fan- people should try it out.

Don't be put off by the YA. Good stories are good stories!


The premise of this story sounds incredibly fascinating. Also, I LOVE Carolyn Mackler. Therefore, I need to check this out STAT! :)

Dancing Branflake

That is a crazy concept!! I little the twists and turns already.

amy b.s.

i'm always in search of an easy and entertaining read.

ilene @ muchloveilly

love the concept behind this! it is really intriguing! so i actually own this book cuz i bought it for my sister...but she didn't like it so much, so i didn't think to try it. but now i think i will! sounds like it was such a good read.

happy weekend, friend!

Kathy Schneider

This book is definitely on my TBR list. I can't wait to read it.


i love books with this concept!


Wow, I'll have to check this out! Sounds really interesting!


That book sounds really interesting. I'll definitely have to check it out!


Ok I am about to go all Texas on you and ask if you have ever heard the Garth Brooks song "The Dance?" It kinda describes what this book is about in a way.

Audrey Allure

I've heard about this before - definitely heard such great reviews about it. I still haven't had a chance to check it out myself! Thanks for the reminder :)

Mrs. Pancakes

Sounds like a good read indeed!

Victory Paper Designs

How interesting! If I were able to see my future self in 1996 it sure would have made my teen angst a little easier to handle!

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Mom Taxi Julie

Sounds like an interesting book! Hmm 1996 I had a 2 year old, yep, life is much different now lol.

Maria Celina

That's a fantastic concept for a book! Young Adult fiction has really crossed a lot of interesting boundaries and come up with amazing and original ideas. Not to mention, take on our current reality and give it a spin so powerful it makes one stop. I think I'm going to look out for that novel. Thanks for the recommendation!

Impulsive Addict

Ok, so yes I'm in my 30's and I actually LOVE YA fiction. Is that sad?

Don't answer that.

I'm putting this one on my goodreads shelf!

Thanks for the suggestion!