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The Foreseeable Future

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Audrey's life has been planned out for her since she was born, and now she's supposed to attend Whedon College in the fall, where both of her parents work. But Audrey has a different plan in mind: She's not going to attend college at all. She's going to earn some money and move to Seattle, the city she's loved since she was a child. And the best way to earn that money is b ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Dial Books
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Dec 16, 2017 added it
Publisher: what are we thinking for 2018? Female empowerment, books centered around strong female characters?

Publisher: I know!

BLURB: “Does she follow the path she set out for herself, even when it means leaving behind Seth and the cast of quirky patients she's come to care for? Or does she embrace a future with Seth--at least for the foreseeable future--at the cost of abandoning her dreams?

*let’s hear it for the boy plays*
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
sjjsjs that was good. also the amount of diversity in this book was astounding thank you
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
I believe this book would fall into the "new adult" fiction label- the protagonist is a mediocre student black sheep in a family of college professors who is about to finish high school, decides to forge her own path to employment, and falls in love. The storyline is kind of banal, but its a sweet modern romance/coming of age story that's actually modern enough for today's teens to like it. Three stars. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
***I work at a bookstore and received an arc from the publisher, my opinions are my own***

I loved Audrey. I loved how impulsive and contrary she could be (I too can be very contrary). I liked that she was smart and capable, but unsure of whether college was the right move for her.

Her romance with Seth was sweet, and they did seem to fit well, despite both of them having to deal with family issues.

The small beach town setting was perfect, but it was the nursing home and Tamora who stole the sho
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
So this is a YA book, and I think if I were more YA and less A (going by the idea that YAs are not actually young As but are instead Ts, teens) I might have enjoyed it more. I LOVED THAT THE MAIN CHARACTER wasn't following the typical graduate-high-school-must-go-to-college path!!! So much. It's not for everyone, and that needs to be recognised. But I didn't see enough of her relationship with Seth developing, or really why it developed, to believe some of the later parts, and I felt like the en ...more
Vikki VanSickle
Emily Adrian's prose is cool, clear, refreshing and a little bit salty- just like the book's ocean setting. This is a Summer-It-All-Changed story at it's best, with new romance, family drama, a touch of stardom and adulthood on the horizon. The characters are well-drawn and feel familiar. Fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti and Nina LaCour will love Emily's work. ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I like to think of the book like this:

Girl has dream.
Girl has ambition and drive.
Girly meets boy.
Girl gives up everything for boy.

The end.
Steff Fox
Oct 16, 2020 marked it as lost-interest
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I don't think this book takes a strong anti-college stance, but the fact that it goes in this direction bothers me. I imagine there is more of a focus on the romance than the main character's clear distaste for going to college. Even so, I have no interest in reading something that promotes, even mildly, those kinds of ideas. Sure, there are people out there who didn't go to college who do well for themselves and don't hurt society with their ignorance.

Ashley Jolly Vater
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it

Well that was cute. Not something that was unforgettable, but I don't really have anything bad to say about it either. I love that it wasn't perfect and that everyone had problems. Ending was definitely interesting and I enjoyed it. I would have liked some sort of epilogue though.

Favorite quote: "I suspected I would love him, whoever he turned out to be." That embodies unconditional love.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian is an enjoyable and entertaining "coming-of-age" story about Audrey Nelson who is definitely feeling conflicted about her plans for life after high school. Very realistic, including all of the "dysfunctional family" dramas, the "college is not for everyone" point of view, and the way impulsive and contrary Audrey approaches her dilemma.
A solid 3 1/2 star book elevated to 4 stars for the simple fact that I would be truly interested in reading a sequel about
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Barely a 4 star but the ending felt a tad rushed and I was a little surprised by a decision made at the end that was def rushed and didn’t quite feel like it made sense.

I loved both Audrey and Seth. I’d love a future book featuring Cameron and Elliot.
I liked this quite a lot. I'd recommend to fellow Sarah Dessen fans... and I REALLY do not throw Sarah Dessen-readalikes around lightly!!

Dawn O. | Left Coast Reader
*Book provided by publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Seth and Audrey are the quintessential swoon-worthy contemporary couple in THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. I absolutely adored them – think first love, excitement, and a future that is wide open.

The daughter of two established academics, Audrey’s parents assume she will attend local Whedon College and follow in their footsteps studying liberal arts. After spending an unimpressive 24 hours previewing college life which mostly includes partying,
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
"Sparks flew up from the flames and died in the sand.
Right now, I needed to explain myself to Seth."

I have a constant hankering for feel-good contemporary romances, so when I was introduced to Emily Adrian's The Foreseeable Future by Penguin Random House of Canada, I felt like it could potentially be the right read to get me out of a reading slump. The Foreseeable Future follows the story of Audrey, a teen who's always had her life planned out for her. Growing up and not being given the freedom
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it

Audrey Nelson is a confused high school senior living in a small rural town on the coast of California. Much to the shock of her professeur parents, she is not going to college at all. She has dreams of saving enough money to move to Seattle. When she starts to work at her local nursing center to earn money, a romance blossoms with Seth O’Malley. They really start to hit it off, and Audrey starts to love her job and new boyfriend when Seattle comes knocking. Things get complicated when A
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this book but it seemed like a fun summer read so I was excited to see where it would go - and I am quite pleased with it!

Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows Audrey, a teen who is struggling to find her path after high school. Her parents want her to go to the college where they are professors but she is looking for something a little les
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was gooooood. I can't imagine wanting that small-scale, townie life that gets kinda glorified in this book, but I think that's the point of reading. We aren't all international globetrotters or cosmopolitan urbanites. I got a window into different world, but also got to contrast that with something familiar to me (Whedon, sprung free in Italy!, the cocoon of academia, and big-city-dreams).

You can see Audrey crash, burn, and flounder for a long time. It makes me pity her, and I struggle to
Did you know what you wanted to do when you graduated high school? Did your parents influence your decisions? The answers to these questions are probably no and yes, respectively, so it won't be a surprise that that's what this book is about.

Audrey Nelson, the child of two professors in a small town, is going through her first life crisis. She doesn't want to go to college at home, but in Seattle. She takes a job in a nursing home right out of High School where she meets Seth O'Malley, who work
Mikayla Tewksbury
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story!

The Foreseeable Future focuses on Audrey, a recent high school grad who's spending the summer following her senior year attempting to determine her future path. A spontaneous decision leads her to the night shift at an assisted living facility, working alongside swoon-worthy Seth. Will she be swayed by the boy who's caught her eye, or will she take the risk and follow her dreams--whatever those may be?

I thought this book was a great summer read. It was super light, re
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
****3.5 Stars****
Audrey isn't sure what she wants in life...but she is pretty sure that college isn't for her and rather than do that she wants to move to Seattle and begin this new chapter. Her parents are less than thrilled, both are professors, and throw in an unexpected romance with easy going, charming boy and pretty soon Audrey isn't sure what she wants.
This book wasn't what I was expecting...but in a good way. I felt that some of the book dragged on in certain spots but overall it was a
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A young woman takes matters into her own hands for the first time in her life, and while doing so, she saves the life of a classmate. This act - while a matter of instinct - causes ripples that shake up her whole world in a way she couldn't have anticipated. Meanwhile, her relationships with a young man who has never been someone she has noticed before has her re-thinking what she wants and deserves out of life. Audrey is both an utterly likable character and at times hard to stomach - as is her ...more
Lauren Rochford
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up The Foreseeable Future after putting down a different book that was such a snooze-fest I couldn't deal (no I will not name names!), and I'm so glad I did. This is a fun coming-of-age story with a bit of romance, and it's an unusual story, too. It was refreshing to meet a protagonist who isn't crazy about books, who isn't sure about college, who frankly seems like an actual teenager.

Of course I loved the romance (a dreamy beach cowboy, are you kidding me) but even more so, I loooved
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Foreseeable Future... a typical coming of age story peppered with romantic interests and struggling friendship elements focused on social media. A high school senior, Audrey, attempts to determine what to do with her future, continue working as a CNA at the local Senior Living Facility, and continue education to be a RN, or follow her professor parents' dream for her at the local prestigious college, tuition free. A boyfriend and advice from seasoned residents complicates the issue. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-tangible
An easy read. Great for any upper level high school students wondering what comes next. I loved how the main girl was indecisive about continuing her education and it showed that even though that was a gray area for her, she didn't let it stop her from progressing. She wasn't my favourite character, but I did enjoy the story enough to give it my average rating of 3 stars. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Entertainingly written with a great concept: child of college professors wants something other than an academic life. Sets out to carve her own niche. Awful teen relationship tale that seems to encourage young people to make long-term life decisions together simply because they're in the same place. Also, yucky overly emotionally/intellectually controlling boyfriend. Eeew. ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me almost a month to read this book but that’s because I’ve been so busy!! I really liked the story a lot. The characters. The growth. The scenery. I do think it was lacking depth, especially with how it ended abruptly and with so many open ended questions. But nonetheless it was entertaining and a good read!!
Book Eater
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was rough for me. The main character has no self esteem and no real plan for life. She was kind of boring. One event happens in the beginning and the whole book just goes back to the same moment with little progression of the story and little if any character growth. Was a quick read, may be Ok as a movie. Fun fact: The books title is mentioned on page 110.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Virtually nothing happened and no one had a personality. If you're looking for a book about nothing this is the perfect book for you.

The main character, Audrey, was miserable. She was incredibly unlikeable, flighty, and naive.

At least it was a quick, easy, read.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this teen novel. Easy to read, relevant and interesting. It was a coming of age of sorts and I liked how the character decides to strike out on her own and follow a different path without leaving people behind.
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