Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Blurb (GR): 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
- Interesting Concept – The first thing that attracted me too this book, was the “plot”. It’s 1996, and just about everyone has tried out the new computer. After downloading an AOL CD borrowed from Josh, Emma logs onto this new webpage named Facebook. She realizes that Facebook shows what/how she is 15 years into the future! Then Josh, and Emma are intertwined in a game of fate, and each second could change their future for the good… or for the worse.
(Yea I’m pretty sure I made this book sound wayy more than it really is)
I really enjoyed how the authors change something everyday and normal into something that can change your future!
- Fun Time-place – This took place in the 90′, so a lot of my favorite devices were mentioned. Like the Disc-man, Dial-ups etc… The authors job of making the book feel 90-ish was phenomenal!
- Horrible Pacing – The flow of the book wasn’t great. At all. It made me cringe a little. One scene (like the ending) went to quick for my taste. And the really irrelevant parts seem to be super extended, I was just flipping pages, and pages filled with very dumb information, that no one needed to know.
- Cliche – When I read a book I like to analyze thematic statements. I’m pretty sure that from the blurb you can draw one. It would’ve been more better if the authors put more depth into the story. Everything (including the characters) seemed shallow, and one-sided.
- Ending – Like I said, the ending was abrupt. After everything that happened, you just end it with that? You discover something that can literally change your life, and you just leave it?? I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the ending…
Emma – 2.5 stars for this girl. Emma was too shallow for my taste, and acted like a big whiny brat in the middle of the book. Seriously, this girl was getting mad because Josh was going out with some other girl! You already rejected him once, now why do you want him? Also, we find out that Emma went out with almost every single guy in school. She’s always hopping from one boy to the next!
Josh – 3 stars for Josh because he was sweet. He wasn’t a real pain in the butt like Emma. He also didn’t get me pissed off. He was really innocent, and sweet. His description also sounds really cute too!
The writing in this book was okay. Like I said it was kind of uneven pacing…