Book Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macklemore

The concept of this book is very cool. It is set in suburban America in 1996, when it is rare for a teen to have their own computer and even more rare for said teen to use the internet. Another key fact to keep in mind, Facebook has not yet been invented. When Emma Nelson gets a computer and a free download of AOL, she inadvertently logs into her future self’s Facebook account. Exactly 15 years in the future. Emma and her best friend Josh watch as the choices they make every day change their future, sometimes in drastic ways and sometimes more subtly. Emma’s daily life includes ironic statements common to the 90s and typical teenage friendships and drama which make the story easy to read and enjoyable. This book was fun to read. Once. It was good, but not one that I will likely reread much. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a typical YA, emphasizing that I appreciate the minor role (near absence actually) of cheesy romance. 4 stars.


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