Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Release: November 22nd 2011
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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.
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.
My Thoughts://Changing Destiny and Finding Happiness
To live the moment or think about the future? If we were able to know what will happen in the next few years from now, wouldn't you always be aware that whatever big or little thing you do in the present could alter, for better of worse, the future? The Future of Us is a story that places you into this scenario through Emma and Josh's different perspectives and teaches us, at the same time, the importance of Today. Masterfully written, Asher and Mackler give us a gem in the shape of a rich story about the Present and the Future, Unhappiness and Happiness and of course, Friendship and Love.
It is always hard to write reviews about the books I love the most. It is hard because I know that my humble opinion will never do justice to what the book really is. The Future of Us is certainly one of those books and I simply find no words that could describe my feelings toward this book. Yet, here I go.
The Future of Us is a story that really engaged me from the first page. I was mesmerized with the familiar, yet somehow forgotten setting and I found myself living through the 90s all over again. This book certainly brings back many memories and I think this special quality makes this book a very unique piece of literature among the wide sea of YA books we find today on the shelves. Emma and Josh are delightful characters and very different at the same time. Emma is a relax light girl who just want to have a good time. Her relationships are pretty superficial and in fact, she has never projected herself too much with the guys she has been around. In the other hand, Josh is the sweetest guy ever and a boyfriend/husband material. Yet, he doesn't really feel at ease with girls and he has even been rejected once... by his best friend Emma. Ouch! However, by installing an AOL CD in a computer, Emma and Josh magically discovery their future, several years before its creation, on Facebook. This knowledge turns absolutely upside down Emma and Josh's lives and so many situations and questions start to raise from this moment that I couldn't put this book down at all! Also, I was absolutely fascinated by the collision of the present and the future in the story (which is actually our present and past... I know, confusing) and I think this was cleverly well done.
Emma and Josh simple stole my heart! both characters deal with their issues and future in very different ways. Emma's obsession of changing her future and Josh's awareness of the possible consequences were a perfect contrast in the characters as well as a balance to each other. I also love the questions this book raises. What do we do today to make tomorrow better? Should we worried so much about the future? To live the moment or to think about tomorrow? Where does our happiness really lies? With whom our happiness really lies? It can be so easy to find questions but so hard to find the answers. However, Facebook in Emma and Josh's lives was absolutely a Divine intervention (or was it an E-intervention?) in order to find the answers to those questions. I also love the writing that Asher and Mackler put into pages. It feels familiar and it makes it really believable that the characters are from the 90s, specially the characters' behavior towards technology. There are also many reference to the popular culture of that time and I couldn't help myself but smile and remember my own life. Seriously, I highly recommend it!
The Future of Us will bring back many memories and it will make you smile several times. I believe this is a beautiful and unique novel about changing destiny and finding happiness that readers will absolutely love until the very last page. Now, I only hope that Asher and Mackler write several more delightful stories for us to read and fall in love with! The Future of Us is captivating and fantastic! I certainly want more!
❤ Thank you very much to Penguin Canada for providing me this book ❤
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