Review: ‘The Future of Us’ by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Review: ‘The Future of Us’ by Jay Asher and Carolyn MacklerThe Future of Us by Jay AsherCarolyn Mackler
Published by Razorbill on November 22nd, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 356
Format: Hardcover
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.

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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?


Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends?” Josh asks. “Who has that many friends? (31)





  1. kimberlyfaye

    October 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I loved this book, despite Emma’s flaws and I really enjoyed reading your review.

  2. asdewi

    August 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I’m reading this book and yeah, agree with you about Emma’s character. Why the author make her to be that shallow?

  3. Roxy Gillies

    December 4, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    I’ve read books by both authors and I’m looking forward to reading this book. The concept is unique, I’m glad you commented on the writing because for me if the writing isn’t good then I can’t really enjoy the story (no matter how unique it is).

  4. Chelsea Peterson

    April 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Nice review of “The Future of Us” indeed! 🙂 Actually I’m so pleased to read another awesome book duet write up of Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler. 🙂

  5. Umi

    February 13, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    “yes” as a teen, but dfneeitily “no” now. I have learned (am learning?) to appreciate some of the surprises in life!I’m glad you liked this one–as a ’90s teen, it looks so good!

  6. Stepping out of the Page

    January 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Great review! I really did enjoy this book, the premise was so interesting! It was also very nostalgic for me, being a 90s kid! Thanks for sharing – I love your blog theme by the way!

  7. Sara (of the Page Sage)

    January 24, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    I want to read this because the premise is so cool and I love Jay Asher. But I’ve heard that it’s good, just not extraordinary.

    Great review! (:

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