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The Futures

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  6,543 ratings  ·  567 reviews
A heart-wrenching debut novel about a young couple trying to find out what they really want in life--and whether or not that includes each other.Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, who grew up in a small town in Canada, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia--blond, beautiful and rich--is part of his vision for a successful future. After they gra ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Little Brown and Company
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Emily May
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Only then did I see it clearly: everyone was figuring it out. Everyone except me. I had no passion, no plan, nothing that made me stand out from the crowd. I had absolutely no idea what kind of job I was supposed to get.

2 1/2 stars. I can't decide if I'm being harsh or generous by giving The Futures 2 1/2 stars. It's probably best not to put too much weight on the rating. For some time, I really liked what it was doing. Pitoniak perfectly captures that feeling of helplessness and uncertainty
Larry H
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

I don't think of myself as particularly old, but there are times when I hear people talk about situations or see them behave in a certain way, and I think to myself, "Was I ever that young?" But then, when I reflect on their particular situation, the memories come flooding back, and I realize that at some point I really was that young. Egads.

Reading Anna Pitoniak's debut novel The Futures , I felt nostalgic. It's not so much that I necessarily want to go back to the ti
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Told in alternating viewpoints, this novel follows Julia and Evan as they navigate early adulthood after graduating from Yale. Evan has taken a job at a hedge fund,while Julia flounders, trying to decide who she wants to be. “I think everyone was wondering, through the haze of weed and beer pong and tequila shots, whether this - right here, right now - was in fact what they were supposed to be doing”. She ends up as an assistant at a foundation, a job she gets through her family connections.

Dash fan
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4☆ A portrayal of Growing up, life and Relationships.

The Futures is a book about Growing up and discovering the ups and downs of work, life and making relationships work.

It is written in Julia and Evans point of views, which some readers find tedious.
I didn't find this too much of a problem ad it was fairly easy to follow the story.

Julia and Evan fall in love whilst studying at Yale. Julia and Evan decide to take the next step and move to New York all be it at the start of a Financial Crisis of
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Julia and Evan met during their freshman year at Yale. Evan grew up in Canada and attended college on a hockey scholarship while Julia grew up in Boston and attended boarding school. Their relationship continues past graduation and together they move to New York City.

Evan starts a job at a prestigious hedge fund while Julia gets employed at a non-profit organization. The financial crisis of 2008 puts enormous stress on their relationship. Evan get increasingly nervous as rumors of layoffs consum
Louise Wilson
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Julia and Evan fell in love when they were undergraduates at Yale. After graduation and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, Julia and Evan moved to New York City. Evan got a job at a hedge fund. Julia has only known a life of privilege and is increasingly feeling left out of Evans secretive life. With banks failing, Evan becomes involved in high stake deals at work.

The chapters alternate between Evan and Julia's viewpoint. A tale of love and betrayal. The characters are believabl
(3.75) Evan and Julia are college sweethearts whose relationship faces serious obstacles when they move to New York City together at the start of the 2008 financial crisis. This debut novel takes a look at the forces that whittle away at love and the way that decisions shape our path. It’s about growing up, and the mistakes we make along the way. And it’s about the way that, even after major failures, we can build a sense of the future once again. Ultimately, although it feels melancholy for muc ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Told from both Julia and Evan’s point of view, The Futures is a tale of that awkward period in ones life immediately after college where the transition from the carefree days of school to work begins. Both Julia and Evan struggle to adapt to adulthood in different ways and there is an underlying sense of uneasiness and dread throughout as you know something is going to happen to throw them off course.

I liked the setting of NYC in 2008 during
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Futures by Anna Pitoniak starts as a campus novel and then moves to New York. It had my name written all over it…

Julia’s dating guy #1. She cheats on him with guy #2. Meanwhile, she meets guy #3, and they start a relationship. Julia and #3 move to New York, where #3 starts working long hours and becomes involved in some dubious hedge fund deals. Julia, annoyed, hooks up with #2 again (but doesn’t break it off with #3). Julia heads home for Thanksgiving, disgruntled with both #2 and #3. Guess
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I’m sure this book will resonate with lots of people - it’s an accurate exploration of that weird liminal period between leaving university and actually becoming a functioning adult. The characters are complex, if not particularly sympathetic, and there are some insightful moments. Unfortunately though, I struggled a bit with the constant flashbacks and chronological tomfoolery.

The story follows young couple Julia and Evan in the year after they leave Yale and move into an apartment together on
Apr 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Checked this out of the library and I still want my money back.
Timothy Lane
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE FUTURES rings with truth. This aching novel of finding your identity and place in an increasingly upside down world has a wise, beating heart. I expect I might run into Julia and Evan at the corner bodega. But this novel moves too. Not content to be a longing look at a relationship in peril, it nimbly slips through time and circumstance, brining us from the low-fi banality of domesticity in peril, to the high pressure boiler room of global finance behaving badly during the 2008 financial cri ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"THE FUTURES" has all the hallmarks that make for a compelling, well-written novel. It has a palpable sense of time and place that is readily relatable to any reader. And characters - both major and minor - who spring immediately to life within the first few pages or chapters. What's more: for anyone who has gone through and/or graduated from college or university and then found him/herself at a loss what to do with their life for 2 or 5 years afterward, this is a novel that will give some added ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Chihoe Ho
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Futures" is a solid debut on how a young relationship grows and crumbles through college and adulthood. Because we all know adulting is hard, more so if it's in a highly-charged setting like New York City where the American Dream can build you up as quickly as it wears you down.

There is something about this novel that leaves you in an Empire State of Mind, and places you in a safe atmospheric bubble until it pops and all goes to hell. It mirrors the experiences of our two characters, Julia
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Futures
Anna Pitoniak

What it's all about...

This book is about Evan and they met, their relationship in college,
their problems, their working lives in NYC, and what happens to each of them once they decide to live together.

Why I wanted to read it...

I wanted to read this book because Evan and Julia were such unique and interesting characters. I really can't tell you much more. This book has a way of pulling the reader in and leading the reader through all of Evan and Julia's issu
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another author I’ve read in reverse chronological order, starting with her superb sophomore novel Necessary People and after that, of course, immensely interested in her debut, The Futures. Actually, this book has been on my radar for some time, but there was some reluctance on my behalf to read a book about millennials. Millennials are mostly a tedious self involved breed. But leave it to Pitoniak to make this into a stunning read, irrespective of its characters’ generational ennui. Which i ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Gambling on the future involves risk. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Mostly, we make mistakes, restart, and move on. There are no guarantees in life. If we can learn from our errors, we improve our chance of success in the future.

The Futures is the story of young people growing up in a specific time in America, but the lessons are universal.

Julia and Evan meet at college. Their relationship is not perfect but they love each other. When Evan is offered a job too good to be true, working fo
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not only do Julia and Evan have the usual after college experiences, frustrations and challenges that most people have, they also have their social rankings to deal with. And then it is also 2008. And, Evan decides to become a hedge fund trader. On the cusp of the evil empire, Enron, having cooked all their books. Now, we find out that the banking industry is fixing to tank. And Evan's boss, not learning enough from the evil empire, has decided to do a little cooking of his own and include Evan. ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I rode the struggle bus to finish this. I appreciate coming of age stories, particularly when older characters finish college and embark on full fledged adulthood in their careers/family of choice. This couple just couldn't hold my attention. I was vaguely curious about the trajectory of their lives, so I slowly finished it....but only because I'd invested over 100 pages. I almost skimmed to the last page, but didn't want to DNF a book when I'm already behind on my 2018 reading goal (silly, I kn ...more
RoseMary Achey
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is so much self reflection in this was extremely tedious. The characters were not like able and were extremely self absorbed and selfish. I truly hope this title does not represent our recent college graduates-if so we are in trouble.
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Jennie Canzoneri
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was not a bad book, and in fact, probably benefited by my reading it after a bunch of literary tomes for the Tournament of Books. I chose it because it was about to expire, but I have been meaning anyway to break up some of the heavier reading I've been doing lately.

I also read it right after I read Anna Quindlen's latest, which is also based in NYC, and to be honest, The Futures is probably the book I enjoyed the most of the two, even though I would have expected to enjoy Quindlen's book
Hannah Bierwirth
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
While I appreciate the New York City setting, the recent college graduate protagonists, and the search for career passion in this book, it was hard for me to get past how outrageously selfish both of the main characters are. At each turn of events, after each poor decision, I thought, 'Really?' Obviously Julia and Evan spend most of the book unhappy, if they're willing to treat each other the way they consistently do. The backdrop of the financial crisis doesn't help the cheeriness, of course. T ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed The Futures. It's definitely my favorite so far for 2017. The book is written exceptionally well and tells the story of a young couple's life after college. The chapters alternate between Evan and Julia, which makes it more interesting. Highly recommend. ...more
Kelly Olejnik
V relatable, a v honest look into life immediately college post-grad, like a lowkey The Big Short, and v GOOD.
I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked up this book at the second hand book store. I wasn't expecting to love it, no, but I suppose I expected an interesting story. I didn't hate it, but I didn't end up liking it very much either. After skimming a couple of other reviews by my friends, I realized why: these were the problems of two very privileged and very selfish people. Now, I know that I'm no saint myself, but Julia and Evan were some of the most self-centered main characters ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Futures is a beautiful coming of age story set in New York. We follow Julia and Evan from when they first meet while studying at Yale, through to them moving to New York to start their life together. The Futures is a novel that focusses upon character and relationships. The story is in the small details, what is said, how a person reacts. It is a book that cannot be rushed.

Evan and Julia move to Nee York, rent a small apartment in one of the more run down areas of the city and begin to look
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[2.5 stars]

Thanks to Netgalley and Lee Boudreaux Books for providing me with an advance copy of this book.

I quite honestly don’t have a lot to say about The Futures. It’s the story of a quarter life crisis…something I certainly went through and could identify with. The “coming of age in your twenties in the big city” storyline always seems to suck me in, yet has proved disappointing the past few rounds (also Why We Came to the City).

Julia and Evan’s college and immediate post-college experience
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Anna is the author of Necessary People, coming in May 2019, and The Futures, which was named a best book of 2017 by theSkimm and Refinery29.

Anna worked for many years in book publishing, most recently as a Senior Editor at Random House. She graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was an editor at the Yale Daily News. She grew up in Whistler, British Columbia, and now lives in New Y

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