The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Published by Razorbill
Genres: Young Adult
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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. - via GoodReads
Since Facebook has overtaken much of people’s lives I thought it would be interesting to read this book. Plus I have never read a book written by Jay Asher before, yes I know I need to read Thirteen Reasons Why, and wanted to see what his writing was like. On the other hand I was a little skeptical because the last time I read a book that was co-authored it felt a little choppy. I am glad to say that The Future of Us was never choppy, I honestly could not notice any bumps when transitioning between the characters. Plus each author gave their main character their own voice which really made Emma and Josh feel like two different people.
Very quickly into this novel Emma finds out that she can log on to Facebook 15 years in the future. She starts to notice what is going on with her future self and decides that although she is not on the best of terms with Josh, she is going to invite him over to look at Facebook with her. From here on out the two always look at Facebook together and watch how the things they are doing everyday are changing their futures. Josh at one point even suggests that they do not do anything drastic because they don’t want to change major points about their future, which is a little silly because you still have to live your own life.
Overall I really enjoyed both Emma and Josh and their individual stories. It was fun watching best friends fight their attraction to one another. I really enjoyed the overall message/lesson of the story. I don’t want to tell you what the message was because that is part of the fun of reading the book for yourself. All in all when I closed the book I wanted to stay with Emma and Josh and see how their lives were going to be as they grew up but I understand why the book ended where it did. They are on the path to their own futures and ending it where the book ended left room for some mystery. This book gets 4 hearts from me for a great message and entertaining characters.