Fri, October 7, 2011

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler Review

The Future of Us
By Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Nov. 21, 2011
Razorbill, 368 pages
Source: Review copy

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

— Amazon.com description

Oh, the nostalgia! I can still hear the grating beeps of dial-up connecting me to AOL. It took forever, but, screw it, I loved the ’90s!

This book is such an intriguing concept for me, having grown up on early AOL, but without cell phones, Facebook, Google and texting.

But did it work for me? Hmm, not sure.

While great in concept, perhaps main characters logging on to their Facebook pages 15 years in the future was a little too unbelievable for me. Plus, I felt it was lacking the emotional impact I link with Asher’s writing (See: Thirteen Reasons Why).

Still, I see the value in teens reading about the “good not-so-ole days,” given how addicted they are to technology. I’m guilty of it myself. Overall, this book was a good reminder that I need to unplug every now and then and live in the now.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. thelibrarianreads said:

    Oh, I loved 13 reasons why…feel like this may not be as good, a little sad, lol. But honest review! thanks 😉

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  2. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I started this book a few weeks ago.. got about 120-ish pages in & put it down. I just couldn't finish it :-\ I understand your lack of connection to it b/c I felt the same way.

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  3. Carla said:

    TWINNN OMG!

    Okay so I read this book and found it to be not all that fab because i was like reeeeeeally? they get facebook and can see their future? okay, so not buying this. i mean, the way facebook is now, NO way would i have been able to figure out how to use it back then.

    also, NOSTALGIA UP IN HUR! so when i read this book all i could think about was being a teenager and rushing over to my bff's when she got aol and sitting in front of her computer (which by the way, she still has in her basement and it is HUGE) and listening to that god awful dial up tone and getting all giggly at the prospect of spending our friday night in an aol chatroom. i mean, i still feel like footyluke7 is my soulmate, but whatevs, chatroom love just wasn't meant to be. (no matter how many times we had internet sexytalk)

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  4. Aleeza said:

    LOLOLOL omg Carla's comment seriously crack me up.

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  5. Aleeza said:

    oh and yeah, great review! i'm deff interested in it, but i have a feeling i won't be all over it because…like you said, it might ring a little untrue.

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