Bookanista Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Today, I am fawning over THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. I am such a huge fan of both authors. Why it took me SO LONG to read this book is beyond me! I had received it from my aunt who lives near SLO and goes to all of Jay's local signings. It's a book I told her about after attending a SCBWI event in which Carolyn Mackler talked about the process of writing this book...something I would love to do with some of my writing buddies one day. Anyway, this has been sitting on the shelf waiting to be read forever. I am so glad I finally pulled it out.
But, before I tell you my thoughts, here are the other Bookanista reviews this week
- Lenore Appelhans adores THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
- Christine Fonseca fawns over THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Elana Johnson is wowed with DUALED by Elsie Chapman
- Nikki Katz is speechless over UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan
- Stasia Ward Kehoe flips for ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry
- Katy Upperman sees stars for WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller
Josh and Emma are about to discover themselves--fifteen years in the future
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 everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD-ROM 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 Facebook . . . but Facebook hasn't been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates--it's all there. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right--and wrong--in the present.
Why I liked it:
THE FUTURE OF US is a great read. Not only is the premise fun, but the characters are relatable and "real". The book, though ostensibly about seeing a glimpse of the future and the impact of that, is really more about the relationship between the main characters, Josh and Emma. It is a wonderful book that shows that all-too-familiar shift from best friends to something more in a way that felt fresh and new. Although I had a strong inkling as to how everything would turn out, I was still enthralled with the storytelling enough that I had to keep reading. The end was sweet and satifying.
All in all, a wonderful read that I completely recommend!
What are you guys reading these days?
Starting next Thursday, I will be adding reviews of nonfiction and adult books on my "off" weeks, alternating with my Bookanista reviews. I am reading so many nonfiction and adult books - great books - that I want to share a little about them toom
Up next week... Dan Brown's INFERNO. See you then