Release Date ~ November 21, 2011
Razorbill ~ Penguin
Review copy received from Penguin Canada
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.
The Future of Us is a very different book; told from dual perspectives of two former friends who stumble across a secret that brings them together, as they try to sort out what this secret means for their futures.
But it raises a lot of questions for the reader to ask themselves, and includes a healthy dose of nostalgia that will endear many readers to this story.
- Great 90s nostalgia:
This is reason enough to read The Future of Us. If you grew up in the 90s (even if you were a baby like I was, since I was only born in late 1990) you will love the descriptions of the 90s lifestyle. There are so many pop culture references that brough to my mind all these old memories. I LOVED that, and it's a great way to revisit memory lane with a nostalgic feel. But even for those who didn't grow up in the 90s, you can still get a good chuckle out of it imaginging that at one point in time, scrunchies were actually cool.
- A message that will make you reflect upon yourself:
I actually really loved the overall message that came across; it's much more than just a fun book, and I think Jay and Carolyn did a great job bringing up some questions for readers to ask themselves about how they live their lives. I appreciate it when books incorporate a deeper meaning and have characters make some thoughtful considerations that the reader can identify with.
- Widespread appeal:
I think a lot of readers are going to be interestted in this one, because it doesn't fit neatly into a little niche category. It's told from dual gender perspectives, which really fleshes out the story and between Josh and Emma's personalities most readers will be able to strongly identify with one of the characters. The nostalgia it brings will appeal to older readers, and I would suggest even those who don't typically read YA. But it's unique premise and excellent writing will hold the interest of younger readers as well.