Monday, December 19, 2011

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Josh gives Emma a CD-ROM so she can load AOL on her new computer in 1996. When AOL finally loads and she gets online, Emma finds herself looking at a strange page called "Facebook" with a picture of someone who looks like an older version of her. She calls Josh over and eventually they decide that they are actually looking at their lives 15 years in the future. Josh is happily surprised to see that he is married to one of the most beautiful, popular girls in school. Armed with the knowledge that he will marry her in the future, he begins feeling more confident now and has soon attracted lots of attention from all sorts of girls. Emma's posts, however, indicate that she is in an unhappy marriage and not doing well at work either. She decides to take her future into her own hands and begins making changes now that ripple into the future. But each time she eliminates one possible future, something equally unattractive seems to happen. What's more, she has found out something about her best friend's future and is unsure about what to do with that information. I felt that this book was not a masterpiece and yet I keep thinking about it - something that I really love when it comes to a story! It presents an unusual twist on time travel as well as some subtle jabs at the all-consumingness of Facebook. I think it will be popular and spark some good discussion.

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