Published by Razorbill on November 22nd, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.
It’s 1996, Emma and Josh are best friends and have been for a while until Josh started to crush on Emma. It changed their relationship and made things awkward, until Josh gives Emma an AOL CD. Remember those? They came in the mail and you would sign up for a free trial to get on the Internet through your phone line? The authors definitely wrote it well describing how the Internet worked back then.
Once Emma signs on she gets a link to a web site called Facebook where she sees herself 15 years in the future. This is where the story starts. Emma confides in Josh and she tells him what has happened.
I definitely loved Josh’s character over Emma. He is kind, and an all-around good guy. Emma on the other hand, well I have no idea why she likes to date around other than the fact that they’re all “gorgeous.” she wasn’t a character I enjoyed reading about just because I find the things she did were downright selfish. Once she finds she’s unhappy in the future, she changed it. Changed her husband, her job, where she lived. I found it all too nauseating to comprehend why she wanted such a perfect life for the future.
The writing is well done, and the backlash to the beginning of the Internet was quite fun to read. I do remember having to use a pay phone when I needed to call so that was also pretty fun to read about. I definitely enjoyed the concept of the story, but I also wished the authors would write about why it happened in the first place. The two main characters are so busy trying to change the future that they weren’t even curious as to why it happened in the first place. I definitely liked the reaction Emma and Josh had when they first realized what Facebook was about. If you really think about it, why do we own profile pages and post information for everyone to see?