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

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

5 Stars

There was so much I loved about this book! The nostalgia, for one, could not have been a more pleasant feeling. I loved reading about all those bands I love from the 90s!! What’s funny is that our girl Emma really loved Dave Matthew’s Band, which is probably the one band I could never really get into, lol.

The boy-next-door/childhood-best-friend love interest that is Josh. Man, I loved Josh!! He was funny, artistic, nice, and cute. Who doesn’t love that? Josh loves Emma…Emma doesn’t know it yet, but she loves Josh too. I love reading about these kinds of love stories, because haven’t we all wanted the boy-next-door to fall in love with us?

When I read that they discover their future FB pages, I didn’t know what they would do with that. I was not expecting it to take Butterfly Effect turn, where if they change something in their present it changes something in their future, but it was really well done! I think one of the best parts were the reactions of Emma and Josh to Facebook. I would crack up at a lot of them! Here is one of my favorite examples:

Josh Templeton
Helped my son put together a model of the solar system today.
May 8 at 10:26pm • Like • Comment

     Terry Fernandez
     We did that last year. Made me feel nostalgic for Pluto. That was always
my  favorite 
     May 9 at 8:07am • Like

     Josh Templeton
     Poor Pluto! :-(
     May 9 at 9:13am • Like

I flinch. “What the hell happens to Pluto?”

Emma shrugs. “That, I’m guessing, wasn’t our fault.”

Sorry to be the one to tell you, Josh, but…

pluto shirt

Still not your fault though. :)

I couldn’t get enough of this story and these characters. This is such a feel-good book; it made me smile and laugh and even cry a little. I know you’ll love it as much as I did, even if you didn’t grow up as a teen in the 90s because the story and the relationships between friends and family transcend time.

Book Info

The Future of Us by Carolyn MacklerJay Asher
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: November 21st 2011
Pages: 356
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler”

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    Smash Attack

    Yay! This was such a fun book and I’m glad I read it. The nostalgia made the book for me, along with the side characters, and Emma and Josh’s reactions to FB. heh.

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    Really like the sound of this one – interesting premise and the 90’s setting sounds great!!

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    Haha Pluto! Poor Pluto being left out! :( I can’t wait to read this one though I grew up in the 90s and it was a blast! Awesome review!

    Xpresso Reads

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    I am really excited for this one, the nostalgia I think is what excites me the most. (I was actually just listening to Dave Matthew’s last night!)

    As always, I loved your review. Especially your photo response!

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    I love the sound of this book so much!! I really do want to read it, hopefully I’ll nab myself a copy soon! Thanks for the fab review, love the sound of the butterfly effect element! and LOL at that quote!

    The Cait Files

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    SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads

    Can I first start with that T-shirt. Love it and want it badly, lol. 

    Now for the book. I love Asher, so very excited to do this. The premise threw me a bit but I liked your review. I feel like I got a little better of a view. Some love? Some funny? I’ll def. have to do this one soon. That is if I can check it out before my students do!

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    This is one of my most highly anticipated books! I LOVED Thirteen Reasons Why and I love the idea of this one! SO glad to hear that you liked it so much! Also- That is a totally awesome shirt. For Realz. 

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    Jasmine Rose

    So many people seem to hate the boy-next-door/best friend love interest thing, but  I love it! I’m so glad someone else enjoys them too. I can’t wait to read this one *goes to make room in TBR pile*

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    I’m really glad to read a positive review of this book. I bought it in December, lent it to a friend who didn’t love it, and was kind of debating whether just to get rid of it without reading it. But I think I will still give it a shot after your review. Thanks for that! The book thanks you too. ;)

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    Smash Attack

    PLUTO! How I miss you so. I LOVE the picture. :D

    This book was too much fun, especially for those of us who lived the era and could relate and relive. ?

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    I still haven’t read this one, despite my deep appreciation for 13 Reasons Why. The 90’s nostalgia stuff sounds like it would be fun to read, but it kind of depresses me that stuff from the 90’s has earned the right to the term. Oh, well. It just better not turn vintage on me. That’ll really piss me off.

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