by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Released |November 21st 2011 by Razorbill|
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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.The Future of Us is a book that I've been wanting to read ever since it released and I finally got the chance to read it when I picked it up on audio from my library. I really loved the whole concept of the two main characters seeing their future through Facebook, of all things! I thought it was well written and it also had a very realistic feeling to it because of how it is something that is actually used today. I found this to be a quick read because it continued to leave me wanting to know more about what they would find out next with the new things happening in their lives. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would :)
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.
Josh and Emma are living in the year 1996 and when Emma logs onto her AOL she discovers a link for Facebook and that's when things started happening. Through Facebook, the two are seeing their futures 15 years into the future and what their lives were going to be like through pictures, statuses, etc. The story starts off with Emma and Josh not really speaking to each other because of a falling out that they had. But they soon start back talking and they end up seeing and experiencing things they never thought would happen. I really liked both Josh and Emma, but sometimes Emma was a bit childish. She could be a bit selfish with her 'its all about me' attitude, but I loved seeing her and Josh together. I think I liked Josh the most because he was pretty level headed and tried to keep cool in situations.
Overall, I really liked the story. I thought the romance was really cute and was really rooting for what happened in the end. The book also kept me intrigued and I didn't want to stop listening to the story at all. Usually with audio books, it takes me a minute to get into the story, but with the Future of Us, I was into the story from beginning to end. I did have issues with Emma at times, but she did grow as a character so it didn't take too much enjoyment out of the story. I'm glad I finally got the chance to read this book!