9 Dec 2011

The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
November 21st 2011 Razorbill
Source: Won
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.
When I heard about this novel, I was astounded about the premise, it sounded so different and unique, I knew I had to get my hand on it as soon as possible.
Before reading this novel I had yet to read anything by these two authors except part of a book by Carolyn Mackler. Not really having been immersed in their styles before The future of Us, I can now say that prose wise their writing was reasonably enjoyable and I think they did a good job collaborating.
I was expecting a lot and I mean a whole lot from this book and sometimes it delivered and other times was disappointed as I found it missed the mark.
The characters were okay, but were annoying at times because of the silly decisions they made (yes, Emma I’m talking about you). For me they were just alright.
I wish I hadn’t of set the bar as high as I did because whenever I work up a book, it never seem to reach my expectations. However, I was pleased with the ending and how they wrapped it up.
Rating 2.5/5


  1. I'm really curious about this one and I'm still going to give it a go but I've lowered my expectations now :(

  2. Yes, the premise is so intriguing, that's why I picked it up in the first place. My rating's pretty low though compared to other reviews I've read who loved it and gave it like 5 stars. Hopefully you have better luck with it.

  3. Ooh, I heard about this one from other blogs and John Green tweets, but didn't really pay attention to what it was about until now!
    I'm actually not that captivated by the premise - I did like Carolyn Mackler books previously though..
    I probably won't pick it up :P
    I like your honest review!

  4. I like your honest review!
    so its not a book to get if you're a int ?

  5. Oh noes! I'd heard such good things about this one. It's always dissapointing when such a hyped book just doesn't work for you :/

    I'm still curious about it, but 'm trying to re-adjust my expectations. I haven't read anything from either author (despite having had Thirteen Reasons Why at home on my shelf for over a year >.<)

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