Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler's "The Future of Us"

From Goodreads:

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.

Something exciting for those of us in our 30s - a YA book with teens who would be about our age today, hurray! I wanted to really love this book, and I almost did, but there was something about it that didn't quite click for me, but I'm not sure what it is. In general, this book feels a little more reflective of my high school experience than most books, so that's cool.

One of the things that bugged me about this book was Josh. Understandably, he thinks Emma is a little crazy for believing in this mysterious Facebook page that shows what her future is like. However, he still gets really mad at her when he thinks she is doing things to specifically mess with her/their future(s).

Favorite quote - some advice a lot of us could use.

"You're a go with the flow guy," he says. "You've always been that way. And that can feel great because it means you don't have to make any hard decisions. But sometimes you need to figure out what you want, Josh. If that means you need to swim against the tide to get it, at least you're aiming for something that could make you very happy.

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