Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Goodreads Description: "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.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present."

My Review: The sad part is, this book has SO much potential. There are books about texting and books about IM-ing (remembering IMs?), so it was only a matter of time before there was a book that revolved around Facebook. Unfortunately, this book falls WAY flat in my opinion. The characters, Josh and Emma, are so unlikable! I didn't feel bad for them, didn't care about them, didn't care about their lives... They were just boring and flat. The plot with Facebook was also pretty boring---I felt like the book was just going in circles and not really headed in any direction. And for a book set in the 90s, I expected a LOT more references to things from the 90s---but minus a few things like the lack of cell phones, this book could have been set in the 2000s, which is disappointing. In the end, I saw no character development or growth from the beginning. I had to fight to finish this book, it was THAT boring.

Cover: It's dull and not eye catching at all. I don't like it one bit.

Overall Grade: F

1 comment:

  1. The plot itself was a little rushed at the end and weak in comparison to the nostalgia and social commentary. Also, after all of their antics in trying to change and shape their futures, I felt like at the end it would have been nice to have a page telling what really did happen to everyone in the future based on the actions they all took throughout the book.