The Future of Us by Jay Asher

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Josh and Emma are about to discover themselves--fifteen years in the future

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 everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD-ROM 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 Facebook . . . but Facebook hasn't been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates--it's all there. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right--and wrong--in the present.
 

About Jay Asher

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Jas Asher got the idea for Thirteen Reasons Why at a museum. While taking an audio tour, her was struck by the eeriness of the voice in his ear...a woman who described exactly what he was looking at, but wasn't there. Jay lives on the central coast of California.
 
Published November 21, 2011 by Razorbill. 369 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Computers & Technology, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Focusing almost entirely on the teens’ future love lives, the authors neglect 1996-era subplots involving the teens’ friends and families that might have given the story additional depth and immediacy.

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The New York Times

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Much of the fun of “The Future of Us” comes from watching as modest choices Emma and Josh make in the present day affect their future selves as viewed through their Facebook profiles.

Nov 10 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

Publishers Weekly

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With collaborators like these, readers expect an ingenious hook, compelling characters, and thought-provoking content, and these two top-of-their-game authors don’t disappoint.

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Examiner

First of all, she'll never be sure that the changes she is trying to make in her future life will really make her happier in fifteen years.

Nov 30 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

Examiner

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler is set in the year 1996.

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Los Angeles Times

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Though the elder Nelson shared the same birthday and liked the same movies and comfort foods, Emma was taken aback by this other Emma Nelson, who was contemplating highlighting her hair and wondering why her husband hadn't come home over the weekend, according to her status updates.

Nov 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

The Bookbag

Both undergo journeys of self discovery, with Emma realising that she cannot simply change what she does, but has to change the person she is, in order to improve her future, and Josh discovering that what will bring happiness to his future self isn't necessarily what he actually wants in the pre...

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

Pajiba

It is May 1996, and Emma and Josh are juniors in high school.

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Teen Reads

There are a few slight anachronisms --- a teenage girl with her own cell phone in 1996 would have been far more unusual than the authors portray here --- but these are quibbles with a novel that is both a cracking good love story and a terrific consideration of the future that we're living in today.

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About.com

Emma and Josh are sweet and sympathetic characters and readers will root for them to find happiness in high school, as well as in their adulthood.

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Common Sense Media

Readers will have fun with the premise here, and watching how even small changes have a big impact in Emma's and Josh's future lives (as Emma intentionally intervenes with her future, she goes through several different husbands and city locations, sensing each time that she is still unhappy;

Nov 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

The Overflowing Library

Emma gets a computer and on her first time online she opens up facebook featuring herself 15 years in the future.

Jan 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

The Young Folks

If I were to think about it, I would react to seeing my Facebook page 15 years in the future a lot like Emma and Josh did.

Nov 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

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Emma is so concerned with making sure HER future is happy and she marries the right guy that she pretty much blows it off when she messes up Josh's happy future.

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Future of Us

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