Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us

RELEASE DATE: November 21st, 2011
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
PAGES: 356
AGE GROUP: 12 and older

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. -GOODREADS
Tragedy. Romance. A pillow full of tears. These are all the things you expect to have when you hear the words Jay Asher and sci-fi in the same sentence. 

But hold your breath people: because I disliked this book with a passion. 

All right, so maybe it wasn't all that bad. It was a good romance (even though it was obvious,) nice setup (though you never found out how it all worked) and likeable characters (yeah, right-like, too likeable.) 

I've never read Carolyn Mackler's work, and I have to say that for me, she's so so. But Jay Asher! You let me down so much (don't worry, I'm still one of your biggest fans), but golly, I was so excited for this one! 

The only really great thing I can say about this book is the idea and the pacing. I read this thing through in one night, which is great for me recently. (I feel way too old for my age-it's like college has hit me already. Or that could just be the procrastination.) 

So, if you're looking for the same great stuff you find in Thirteen Reasons Why, you might not like The Future of Us that well. But who knows-no two people read the same book. I guess you'll just have to find out.



I think thirteen reasons why was very interesting. The overall plot was unique and intriguing. Unlike many book the beginning wasn't slow, it pretty much had the same pace through out the entire book. Sometimes it got confusing with two first person narrators if you don't pay attention, but for the most part it's easy to understand. It's a pretty easy book for high schoolers.
The main characters such as Hannah and Clay were well portrayed, but some of the smaller characters had cliché personalities. This is probably because there wasn't enough time to make the characters have more dimension without the book getting lengthy and losing some interest.

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