The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
It’s 1996 and Josh and Emma have not only been neighbors all their lives, but also close friends. When Emma gets a new computer and Josh brings over a free AOL CD they received in the mail to install on it. Yet there is an error in the CD and when they log on it automatically loads up to something called Facebook. Something that won’t be around for eight years. And they see their future selves.
At first they are weirded out by the fact that people share so much about their lives. After all, who really cares what someone is making for dinner, or how long it took them to get to work in the heavy traffic? But more interesting is where they find themselves in the future. While Josh is extremely thrilled that way it seems his life will turn out, Emma has concerns for her future self. She learns that her decisions she makes today – can change her tomorrow…. and she tests that theory. Yet when Emma changes her future, it also affects Josh’s and those around them.
My biggest draw to this book was author Jay Asher. I really enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why and felt it held some strong messages within its pages, so I was excited to see what The Future Of Us had in store.
The book is just smart. For me, it was odd to think of the years before Facebook. When Emma and Josh are surprised how open people are on Facebook, I was startled to remember that people were not always so open with their personal lives. There was a time, not all that long ago when I did not know where my friends were going for dinner, or who was in town for the night, or who had a crappy day at work.
When I thought about how Josh and Emma could see their future and yet change it in present day it reminded me of Back To The Future…. except trade the Delorean for an old school computer. 😉
Jay Asher did not let me down, The Future Of Us was not only entertaining it was smart and was a good reminder that no matter how old or young we are, the decisions we make today can effect our futures.
I have not read Carolyn Mackler yet, but I think I need to make a point too.
A great YA read with a good message. I think all ages would enjoy this read.
A gift from College son for Christmas