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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 compute...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Razorbill
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Cory
May 18, 2012 Cory rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
I didn't think it was possible, but Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler managed to fuck up one of the best ideas of 2011.

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.
How do you fuck up an epic i...more
Joel
Feb 18, 2012 Joel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the Disney Channel
Like youth, it would see, time travel is wasted on the young. How else to explain the idiotic uses the teenage simpletons in The Future of Us find for the gift of a glimpse into the future?

If, in 1996, you were given a window of the year 2011 via a magical link to your Facebook profile, would you, A) search as many profiles as you could to find out what happens in the worlds of politics and finance in order to ensure your financial future, B) seek out information on friends and family not only...more
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
The hypocrisy in this book is absolutely immeasurable. Emma dates guys based on how hot she thinks they are, or how good their hair looks. She does not care a single ounce, nor even LIKE the guys she dates. She simply dates them so she can have a boyfriend and doesn't once consider their feelings. Does her bff Kellen condone her for this? No. Does Kellen even acknowledge this? No. And yet when Josh agrees to ONE date with Sydney, Kellen is all on his butt telling him he's a jerk for accepting wh...more
Arlene
Oct 11, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker - ARC Tour Alexa
What a great combination Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher make when it comes to delivering a highly entertaining and heartfelt story. This was pure awesome, and I hope these two authors continue to combine their magic with great stories and fun loving characters. Well done!

Set in 1996, Emma gets a computer from her father as a gift, and her best friend Josh comes over with a CD that gives her 100 free hours on AOL. Remember those days? Yeah, I do too. ^^ When they log on, they discover this interes...more
Meg ♥
Emma and Josh get their first AOL disc in 1996, and once they log on, they are somehow able to login to Facebook. They can see their future on their Facebook pages and change the future simply by changing small things they do in their current lives.

When I first read the synopsis I thought this was an extremely unique and fun plot. I still do. Then they move into the actual butterfly effect aspect and things just seem silly. Can your whole world change just because you spill some water on the gr...more
Giselle
Jan 10, 2012 Giselle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
Logging on to your future Facebook account, 15 years ago? Now that would have been interesting! This is what happens to Josh and Emma after Emma gets her first computer in 1996.

Growing up in the 90s, I got a real nostalgic feeling while reading this. Talk of Walkmans, VCRs and scrunchies was simply amusing. I did feel there were a few unnecessary parts thrown in only to add more '90s detail, but they worked to dig up old memories. It's not a deep, emotional read like Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why...more
Katie
Jan 20, 2012 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tweens
Recommended to Katie by: me
The Future of Us was a big disappointment. Did this really come from the same, insightful writer of Thirteen Reasons Why? I haven't read anything by the woman he co-wrote it with, so I'm going to blame her for creating such a boy-obsessed, annoying, female protagonist. The male character isn't much better, but he likes the future that's been mapped out for him, so his shallowness doesn't shine through as clearly. He makes smarter choices throughout the book. Although, he can still be accused of...more
Kristi
Honestly if a book has Jay Asher’s name on it, I’m going to read it. (And it’s about damn time there is another one with his name on it.) I hadn’t read anything by Carolyn but I’ve always heard good things about her books, so I knew this was going to be good. And it was. I had a overdose of 90′s nostalgia while reading this thing, it was comical in that regard. It’s strange to think how far we’ve come in that short that time. I loved that I thought I had this story figured out, I just knew the w...more
Minli
So let me get this straight. It's the mid-90s, and you discover a magical AOL cd that gives you a version of the internet 15 years into the future. You are introduced to this frightening social website called Facebook, in which people overshare details about their life. So of course, the first thing you do is see who you're married to, because without the validation of a guy, you're no one. No checking if your grandparents are still alive. No checking if 9/11 happened. No checking if you have a...more
Alexa

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I'm really surprised at how much I loved The Future of Us! Looking at other reviews and ratings on here and LibraryThing made me a bit wary, but I'm so glad I gave this book a chance! The book alternated between the POVs of Emma and Josh, who have been best friends since they were little kids. I really liked them both! Emma was a caring and good person, but she did come off...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
It's taken me awhile to get this review up because I needed to think about some of the awesome things that happened in this book. I think it's one of the more realistic portrayals of teens that I've seen - even if these teens live in 1996. A lot of YA books I've read lately create situations where teens have to grow up too soon - books like Divergent, The Hunger Games, even Kieran Scott's "She's So Dead to Us" series look at teens in complex, life-or-death situations that force teens to make adu...more
Yani
I was really excited to receive an early copy of this book because it's is going to be a movie and also because it has one of the most interesting premise (premises?) of all the upcoming 2011 books. I am so glad it did not disappoint!

First off, these authors are amazing! I have read all of their works and really enjoy their writing styles. So combine them and you get such a genuine real insightful characters, you can't help but love.

Second, I freaking LOVED all the 90's references. Dave Matthews...more
Ellie
The narrators of the novel are 16-year-olds, Emma and Josh, who live next door to each other and have been best friends for as long as they can remember. One day Emma is given a computer and an AOL CD-Rom with 100 free hours on it. Emma goes online and finds her Facebook page from 15 years into the future!

This novel was a nostalgia trip back to 1996 for me – when the Internet was brand spanking new and we all had to connect to it with painfully slow (and incredibly noisy) dial up, when we all li...more
Isamlq
I’m recalling some pretty interesting funny things care of my family. The nineties as history?! There was my brother and his love for Wayne’s World, and low slung jeans puffy sweaters. My sister and her love of the group soul ballad. Boyz 2 Men, it mentions, but my sister was all about All Saints. And later still there was her fondness for the Backstreet Boys and their Quit Playing with-what’s it. I, on the other hand, had Captain Planet and Gem to focus on (wait, it will come back to you.) So i...more
Wendy
A funny time-capsule of a book, already dated before it's even officially released. The authors are certainly aware of the time-sensitive nature of the project, so they don't even make an attempt at timelessness or at not setting it in any particular timeframe. This is good, but I think that even in five years some of it will simply not make sense to young readers. Facebook and the internet are going to change that much.

The 1996 setting is overdone in places, with too many cultural references (I...more
~Tina~
Fun, fun, fun!
Cute, cute, cute!

The Future of Us has a really neat time travel concept that people should get a real kick out of, specially if you have facebook. This was pretty creative and so much fun that I lost myself completely, reading this in just a span of a few hours. Unputdownable.

Josh and Emma are so adorable. Life long friends who drifted apart since one wanted more then the other, but when Emma gets her first computer and Josh brings over AOL things are put into motion that neither o...more
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
If there was a device or a program that would let you give a preview of what your life would be 15 years from now, would you try it out?
Would you really like to know how life has turned out for you and the people around you?
When you find out that your life after 15 years sucks, would you try and change it in your present time?

Josh's mom told him to bring the AOL CD they received to Emma's place because she recently received her new PC.
They installed it.
Emma made her email address and then a myst...more
Maria
Dec 05, 2011 Maria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I didn't like The Future of Us.

*****

PLAIN.

The Future of Us was a flop for me. I thought the “Facebook” theme would evolve into something more meaningful than it actually is, but it did not. The writing was unimpressive; the female lead was irritating; the love story is kinda all over the place. I hope you are not pining for The Future of Us because it is not worth waiting for.

Emma is obnoxious to Josh. She’s selfish and self-centered. I could not find a single thing to like about her! Although s...more
Kristy
Jay Asher makes my heart melt.

I have heard some pretty mixed and a lot of negative reviews on this one.... I am just a girl holding her "Jay Asher is my hero" sign. I am pretty much the target age for this book. I'm close to the same age as the main characters, a little younger, but it makes me nostalgic.
I am not at all embarassed to admit I still have Hootie and Blowfish on my I-pod. Yes, I blare it. Yes, "Crash into me" still takes me back. So, this was a little trip down memory lane for me....more
Bri
Apr 23, 2012 Bri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
When I got done with this book, I was grinning and happy and had an all over great feeling (basically, the exact opposite of how I felt after finishing 13 Reasons Why - though they were both excellent reads). Last night, I would've given this 5 stars, but that's what happens when I'm left to ponder my reactions...my ratings either get better or worse.

In this case, while I did love this book, loved the premise and the idea behind it, there were a few things that I didn't love in it, and that cau...more
Annalisa
This was a cute story. The book's a little simplistic (the 16-point font didn't help), nothing groundbreaking or amazing, but it was still enjoyable. I'd recommend it not only for teenagers but for those who were teenagers in the mid '90s. It was fun to go back and realize how different life was, how much we take for granted now. Getting off the Internet to use the phone, waiting for film to the develop, trips to the video store. Good times. Good times.

My main issue with the book was I struggled...more
Nicola
I'm finding it a little hard to put down my thoughts about this one because honestly, it had such a small impact on me that I don't even feel I have much to say about it! I was definitely disappointed with The Future of Us and had been hoping for so much more. The description is one of the most intriguing I've ever seen; I just loved the whole premise of this book! Sadly, it didn't live up to its potential for me and I kind of regret the time I spent reading it.

It started out pretty good. I was...more
Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...)
What would you do if you had your future at your fingertips? What would you have done if you stumbled upon Facebook 8 years before it was invented and you saw how your living in the future?

Josh and Emma have been best friends almost their entire lives until things get a little awkward... Josh gets a free AOL CD in the mail and gives it to Emma to install on her new computer. The pair then stumbles upon a website called Facebook and it's a little bit weird... Who would write about what their havi...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
For me this book is just okay. It had a really interesting concept. A high school girl in 1996 sets up her computer then sets up AOL. For reasons (unexplained still at the end of the novel) she finds Facebook already in her favorites. When she logs on she finds the her own profile 15 years in the future.

She looks at her future on Facebook and bemoans that she's not happy. So she tries to change her future. And it works! Her new future seems better than her first future, but she's still not satis...more
Sarah
The long and short of this book? The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler turned out to be more hype than substance for me.

Synopsis: 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. (G...more
Kerri
I read this book simply because Jay Asher's "Thirteen Reasons Why" is one of my favourite books. Like that book this one grabs the reader from the first page and keeps the reader captivated with it's quick pace, interesting characters and very unique plot line.

It's 1996 and Emma has just gotten her first computer. Her best friend Josh has given her an America Online CD-ROM. When they log on they discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. The alternating narration from the two...more
Krystle
This book brought back tons of nostalgia for me. I totally remember when I was younger (I’m not that old), maybe like early middle school/late elementary or so, having to use those bulky computers with Windows 95 and dial up internet.

I think that’s what a lot of the charm of this book was – nostalgia. The plot, though, was not really substantial. The premise of it was freaking awesome and some of the ideas in this story were fabulous. I totally love the what if situation where you could look up...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I was a little weary of picking this book up after having some issues with a central character, Hannah, in Asher's Thirteen Reason Why, and not having read anything by Mackler before. However, as soon as I heard the premise of this book, I knew it was something that I just had to pick up - it sounded extremely interesting, relevant and fun.

The Future of Us is set in the 90's, when the internet is relatively new and it's a very exciting thing for our two protagonists, Emma and Josh. Using an AOL...more
Natalia Ceitidh
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Live the moment or think about the future? If we were able to know what will happen in a few years from now, wouldn't you always be aware that whatever big or little thing you do in the present could alter, for better of worse, your future? The Future of Us is a story that puts you in this scenario through Emma and Josh's different perspectives and teaches us the importance of Today. Masterfully written, Asher and Mackler give us a gem in the shap...more
Mands
Emma lives in Lake Forest, Pensylvania. Her parents are divorced, she lives with her mother and her dad, who lives with his new wife and baby, sends her a new computer as a gift. Josh Templeton lives next door and they used to be best friends that was up until six months ago when he made the mistake of thinking that like him, she wanted to be more than friends. Josh drops round with the CD-ROM that sets this story into motion. Emma logs on and a website pops up, it's Facebook. She's never heard...more
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