The Future Of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I so enjoyed the nostelgia that this book bought me! As a child of the 80’s I was old enough to love the 90’s, and YES I was one of those teens who had 100 free hours with AOL when they were trying to break through the Australian market. And I loved it. I remember having to get off the internet so the phone line was free, and the Welcome that it gave you when you logged on. So much I loved about this concept. :)

So in a nutshell, Josh gives Emma (his-best-friend-before-he-tried-to-kiss-her-and-it-got-weird..) a CD-ROM from AOL with 100 free hours for the internet. His mum won’t let him use it, and he knows Emma has just got herself a new computer with Windows 95 (LOL) on it.

The only thing is.. when Emma logs in, there’s a portal to this place called Facebook. It shouldn’t be there… and when she clicks it, she see’s herself and Josh’s lives in 15 years from now. Who they are married to, what their lives are like, what they look like.

Not liking the outcomes Emma is on a mission to change her future. But at what consequence?

Emma was prone to getting on my nerves a bit but at the same time I can understand why she did what she did. She’s a bit immature, but then again, she’s a teenager and that’s what teenagers are known for at times. So accurately written I would say! Josh was a cutie!! I really loved his character, and I was screaming at Emma to make a move earlier (as I am sure we all were!). But overall I think they were a super cute duo!

Did anyone else imagine Sydney Mills’s character to be like a younger version of Megan Fox? That’s how I pictured her! She kinda did my head in a little bit as well to be honest, however I believe that was done by design. :)

I loved this.. I mean, this was always going to be a light entertaining read, and it lived up to the expectation for me. It broke up some of the seriousness and heavyness of the other books I was reading at the time and provided some fun!

Rating: 3 out of 5


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