Sunday, May 13, 2012

Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future of Us
Author(s): Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: November 21st 2011
Format: Hardback
Pages: 356
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Buy it: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Summary from Goodreads;
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.
4 stars, really enjoyed it
This book was not what I expected, it was more than that. The cover is so simple but the numbers make it look so amazing!
What if every decision you made made a ripple in time that changed your future on the spot? The Future Of Us is a quick paced novel that I devoured in a sitting. I really enjoyed reading in these character's points of view because they alternated in each chapter. Due to the changing POVs you really got to know both characters and see what they were thinking and going through. The pacing was consistent and the story was realistic, sort of. I really enjoyed how in the beginning both characters are skeptical of this "facebook" thing they'd discovered and didn't immediately believe that it was a passage into their future selves.
The characters were relatable due to the fact that they were realistic and had their own flaws. They did annoy me at times but that made me like them even more towards the end because of certain events that took place. I also enjoyed how the characters had known each other for some time before these events happened. The ending was what readers would expect to happen but Asher and Mackler managed to write it in a way you'd find worthwhile to finish anyway.

I really enjoyed these author's writing styles and the prospect of the story in general. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fast, quick read that has romance mixed in. I will definitely be checking other books by these authors in the near future.
Book Trailer: 

“How can you call it love when it hurt you so badly?"
"It was love because it was worth it.” 
― Jay Asher, The Future of Us

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