The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler


Josh and Emma have been neighbors and best friends for as long as they can remember, until a few months ago. Misunderstandings (and Emma's boyfriend) have strained their relationship. However, when Emma gets a new computer and Josh's mom sends him over with their free CD-rom of AOL minutes, Josh and Emma are pulled into the mystery of Facebook. The first time Emma logs into the internet, she finds a strange site called Facebook. The problem is the year is 1996 and Facebook hasn't been invented.

Emma and Josh find themselves looking at their Facebook accounts fifteen years in the future. The strangest part is their daily events and decisions seem to be constantly altering their future. While Josh is pleased with his future life, Emma finds herself constantly miserable. Together they learn that focusing on the present and making the best of your current situation is the best way to influence your future.

This is a light read about teenage stupidity and stresses, but it does provide deeper life lessons. Both characters learn about the importance of current decisions and the value of focusing on the good of everyday life. They also learn the value of friendship and putting others needs before your own. Different than the books I usually pick, I found the story engaging with some good life lessons in spite of the teen drama focus.

Recommended for ages-13 and up.

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