March 11, 2012

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

Release Date: November 26, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 356
Series: n/a
Review Source: Sent from Razorbill Canada

Synopsis: (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.

My Thoughts:
‘The Future of Us’ was a book that had a fabulous concept, but I found the execution to be a bit lacking. I loved the idea of being able to see your future through Facebook, but in a way I think it could have been explored a lot more. The book also felt a bit gimmicky at times, trying to reference a zillion different ‘90s things at one time. This book was alright, but I didn’t really like Emma, one of the main characters, that much, so that didn’t help. I also would have liked more obvious progression throughout the book of Emma seeing Josh differently, rather than having a last second change of heart. I find it difficult to say much more about ‘The Future of Us’ because it was one of those books where I wouldn't say I disliked it, but I also didn’t find it particularly memorable or exciting.

The Cover:
Mehhhh. I like the concept of it a lot, but the actual final product? :/


Find The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler on Goodreads, Book Depository, & Amazon.

P.S. I had the hardest time categorizing this... I was like "contemporary... well, sort of but not really... but historical?? Um NO, labelling when I was in elementary school as historical is far too scarring. Fantasy? Well, I guess because of the magical Facebook aspect."


  1. I liked the idea too, but Emma really got on my nerves. ;(

    Great review!

  2. I agree that it sort of had "conflicting genres," and Emma was a bit annoying sometimes. There's actually another cover of this one that I like much better. Great review! :)


  3. Oh, no--definitely NOT historical! That would be highly scarring. Sounds like Asher got caught up in the reminiscing about the 90's when writing. Easy to do! :)

  4. Oh, I had this in my list to read, but then I don't know, I keep bumping it down.
    I am a kid of the nineties, though, so I might like it :D

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. I agree it's really hard to place the genre for this one. I didn't think Emma was as interesting as Josh, either. But I liked how crazy she got trying to change her future. I liked all the reminiscing on the 90's, but it definitely makes up for a huge part of the book.

  6. Hm, that's a pretty high rating for a book you sound very "meh" about... but your review is helpful for us b/c we've been curious about the book (and concerned about the 90s references).

    1. Woah! That is most definitely supposed to be a 3 star rating, haha. Thanks for pointing that out. I guess I make mistakes when I'm rushing to schedule reviews at work. ;) It's fixed now.

  7. I liked The Future of Us too. It's not deep or overly intense but fun and easy to read...and sometimes I just need to read a book to get my mind off things.

  8. Oh darn, when I read the blurb on this one, I thought it would be an amazing story...too bad it fell so flat in the execution :(
    Thanks for the honest review.

  9. I had the same thoughts on The Future of Us which is why I never really reviewed it. I thought the idea was fantastic and I was excited for it, but I didn't think these 2 authors pulled it off. Great review!


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