The Future of UsBook - 2011
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SCL_Justin Aug 16, 2017
In Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler’s novel The Future of Us, it’s 1996 and Emma has just gotten a new computer. Her friend Josh gives her an AOL CD and when she gets it all hooked up she finds a link to something called Facebook. She and Josh investigate it and it appears it’s a webpage where peopl... Read More »
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For my whole life, Josh had been the one person I could always count on. If something happened between us and it didn't work out, I knew I would lose him. But in trying to protect us, I ended up losing him anyway.
~Emma (page 71)
Josh: "Also, I was thinking we should have a code word for it so people don't know what we're talking about."
Emma: "How about 'Facebook'?" I say, starting my engine. "No one's heard of that."
... Here's my moment!
"I... I like this auditorium we're going to."
Emma: "He broke your heart! How can you call it love when he hurt you so badly?"
Kellan pops anouther fry into her mouth.
Kellan: "It was love beacause it was worth it." <3
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This story follows a teenage girl in the late 1990's. After receiving a computer from her father Emma installed her neighbor's, Josh, software disc. After realizing there's a link to a website called "Facebook" the two start to creep on them self. Soon after a bunch of drama starts to happen at school, at home, with each other so if you don't like teen fiction then don't read it. Duh.
HS juniors in 1996 open an AOL account on Emma's computer and find their future selves on Facebook. Josh is delighted with his 35 year-old self, married to a gorgeous gal and with 3 kids. Emma is horrified to find that she is unhappy as an adult. Each makes small changes during the week that follows, either trying to ensure the future happens as it appears on FB or to make certain events never take place. Each log-in shows a new future and new friends. Both teens think about the people they are with, reasons for choices, future, and fate. At week's end the future Emma cancels her FB account and they see the future no more.
Mysteriously, the teens find themselves on a website called Facebook, which has all sorts of information about their lives… 15 years in the future. This intriguing premise is an instant hook for today's social-media-savvy readers. Clever references to cassette tapes, dial-up Internet access, and camera film are sure to induce chuckles from those who remember 1996, but the nostalgia is subtle enough that the writing will feel fresh to contemporary teens, and the idea of glimpsing one's future is a tantalizing draw for any reader. Although the discovery of Facebook initially propels the plot, there is a solid and appealing story beyond the sly humor that comes from poking fun at trivial status updates. In addition to sustaining well-crafted romantic tension, the authors deftly address universal questions relevant to teens, such as, "What do I want?" and "How do my actions affect my future?" As Josh and Emma confront these dilemmas and reevaluate their feelings, their alternating first-person narratives have a sense of urgency that makes this book impossible to set aside. This quick, highly engaging read is a tremendously likable, soul-searching romantic comedy and a subtle reminder to occasionally unplug and live in the moment.