Ever since I heard about this book a few months ago, I was anxious to read it. I was excited to get a copy from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The bookEver since I heard about this book a few months ago, I was anxious to read it. I was excited to get a copy from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The book takes place in 1996 when two teens, Emma and Josh, log on to AOL for the first time . . . and glimpse their own Facebook pages -- fifteen years in the future. They are able to glean their futures, regarding where they go to college, what their jobs will be like, and whom they marry. Emma and Josh also learn that any little detail that happens in their present, could have a huge ripple effect in the future.
This was a fast-paced read, told in alternating first-person perspectives between Emma and Josh, that I could not put down. I loved this book because as an older fan of this new wave of Young Adult books, reading about MY generation of teenagers in the 90s was very enjoyable for me. I loved all the 90s references, but I think most of them would fly over the heads of the target audience of this book. Not that it matters a bit, the book is enjoyable as is.
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler do an excellent job of working this very bizarre concept. Not only do we see how it doesn’t matter what year it is that we can develop a Facebook addiction, but the authors also manage to show us that even our smallest decisions can affect us -- and others -- in a big way in the future (I was reminded of another book that also demonstrated this: LEAP DAY by Wendy Mass.) ...more
This book is one of my "library regrets," because I borrowed it and now I wish I own it. (I'll have it on my shelf someday!)
This is a very gorgeous,This book is one of my "library regrets," because I borrowed it and now I wish I own it. (I'll have it on my shelf someday!)
This is a very gorgeous, strange book that I can't seem to wrap my mind around enough to formulate it into a review. I loved it. Nova Ren Suma's writing is so fantastic and it speaks to me in a very special way. In most places, the writing soars above the plot. And as a word enthusiast, I appreciate that A LOT - though plot and characters are important, too. Something felt a little bit . . . missing towards the end, which is why I can't award this a solid five star rating. But this book was very special, very ethereal, very vibrant, and I enjoyed every glittering moment....more
I loved hanging out with the sisterhood again. This was a strange read for me, because I read the first four books as an adult and above the target auI loved hanging out with the sisterhood again. This was a strange read for me, because I read the first four books as an adult and above the target audience for the series. Then I read book five, and suddenly the characters were the same age as I was.
I adore this series, because I love these girls. Every time I think one of them is my favorite, another one steals my allegiance. Brashares has a way about her writing that pulls me in and holds my head under until I'm submerged. This book had me reading late into the night, even though I spent most of the time reading through sobs and squinted eyes.
This book gets a lot of crap because something very sad happens in it. But it just so happens that that Very Sad Thing is the driving force behind the book - there wouldn't have been a book without it. I was shocked about it, too, but I trusted Brashares and where she was taking me in the story. I admit that I'm a little puzzled by the other readers that gave this a low rating just because of that Very Sad Thing. This book was remarkably written, extremely touching, and will stick with me for a long time just as the original four books did....more