ARC Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

by 1:35 AM 2 comments
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.

Overall Thoughts:
Loved the unique concept, disappointed in the plot.

The Future of Us is about two teenagers, Emma Nelson and Josh Templeton. They've lived next doors all their lives and have been the best of friends for most it. Until, Josh makes his feelings for Emma known to her and she rejects him. Then, it's awkward. Months fly by and its never the same between the two. Then one day, Josh gives Emma an American Online CD-ROM, and she finds herself on a website called FACEBOOK, and her future self updates that page depending on what Emma does in the present time!

First off, the concept of this book was so extremely unique and creative, which is why I wanted to read it in the first place. There were so many ways you could go with this story! Unfortunately, I don't think the authors really took advantage of the gold they struck. I believe this story could have been so huge if they went a different way with it.

What I liked about this book:
The concept was so intriguing. It was a quick read, and had a nice pacing to it so I was never bored.

What I didn't like about this book:
The plot didn't do the idea any justice.

This was a light read that kind of failed to wow me.

3/5 Targets!

Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. Great review! This book definitly has a unique plot to it.

  2. I agree... the concept was very unique! I kind of liked the simplistic plot but in a way it's true that they could've done so much more with it! Great review :)


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