The Future of Us

The Future of Us

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by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler

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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…  See more details below


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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This novel about a pair of teens who suddenly receive glimpses into their futures possesses the kind of resonance that all too many novels attempt but cannot achieve. The Future of Us is a fiction that repeatedly brings us back to the present, to the choices that we don't even know that we're making.

Benjamin Ruby

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5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jay Asher's first novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, with foreign rights sold in over 30 countries and more than 1,000,000 copies in print in the US alone. Visit his website at and follow him on Twitter at

Carolyn Mackler ( is the author of the teen novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. In 2008, Carolyn was a judge for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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The Future of Us 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 316 reviews.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
In the age of Facebook and smartphones, it's almost difficult to remember a time when every American household didn't have at least one computer. But that's exactly the life that Emma and Josh live. 1996 was the year of Toy Story, but for these two used to be best friends, now awkward moment neighbors, 96' is the year they discover their future selves; all thanks to AOL and the appearance of a website with profiles that very much resemble themselves and people they know. As far as the premise goes, The Future of Us had me sold. Back that with talented authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and I was more than eager for this book. I'm happy to say that the book had all the aspects I had looked forward to, but it didn't blow me away. Emma can be quite whiny and annoying at times, complaining that she has to change what she believes is a horrible, unhappy future, and all based on her future self's random postings. In 200 characters or so, Emma decides that her future sucks, but since she's still in 1996, she can change that. And does so more than willingly. Josh, on the other hand, is much more wary of changing the future on purpose. He's laid-back and more level-headed than Emma. He also has that pining away for a girl who doesn't want him thing down pat. Readers will like him and feel for him. I know I did. The Future of Us is a fast read, with short chapters that alternate between Emma's and Josh's POV. At times, it tries too hard to be 90's and it never manages to actually do that. Still, it's fun to see Emma's utter confusion about what Harry Potter is and why it's one of her favorite books, as well as her future self's excitement over a night of Netflix and Glee. If you're looking for a quick read that will entertain you, The Future of Us is sure to do just that.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Totally loved it. It has a story that kept me turning pages.
anna-b More than 1 year ago
I received this book in the mail about a week ago (without my knowledge!), and I'm so glad I did! I don't think I would have picked up this book on my own, which would have been a shame because it was so endearing! The story is over the course of only one week, but it's definitely enough time for you to learn a lot about the characters and enjoy the story. The whole thing is written from altering perspectives between Josh and Emma (Emma Nelson, which made me think of Degrassi!!), and I really like it when authors do that because then you get both sides of the story. It was a great way to get me to fall madly in love with both characters. At first, I wasn't a big fan of Emma. She doesn't really appreciate anything she has, and she's kind of a whiney brat, but she really grows throughout the story. I loved watching Emma grow and develop and sort of find herself and appreciate what's directly in front of her, rather than always wanting more. And Josh. Oh Josh. He's such a kind guy, he's totally crush worthy! I pictured him as the tall, somewhat dorky, skater kid who gets overlooked by a lot of girls, but is such a sweetie he made my heart melt. The plot itself is really interesting as well, the idea of finding yourself on Facebook in 15 years and learning about your future self through status updates was a really cool aspect. And all the different things they go to to try and change their futures, or keep them the same, are great to read about. Emma's not happy about her future husband so she decides she'll never meet him. Josh loves that he'll marry the hottest chick at school so he tries as hard as he can to hold on to her in the present. Eventually they learn more about themselves in the present then they ever could, knowing the future. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a little romantic, realistic fiction. The characters go through a lot of real life dilemmas (albeit in a weird time travelish way), and I think anyone (boy or girl) could relate to the story. I really enjoyed reading this, it was quick, fun, thought-provoking, and I even teared up a bit! Go check this one out as soon as you can!
mariiie More than 1 year ago
It was an okay, easy read. But I kept waiting for something big to happen that would change everything, but that never came. Its definitely a library book, dont buy it.
AmeliaClaire More than 1 year ago
If you read and liked 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asther then you will definately love this!
a_pannes More than 1 year ago
From previously reading "13 Reasons Why", I was more than excited to start this book. Jay Asher and Carolyn Macklers writing styles paired perfectly together to make for an amazing read. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I was able to finish it in 2 DAYS! The book kept me turning the pages and wanting more and more. It was hard to not fall in love with the characters and story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thirteen reasons why is better even though it is more sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, even though fiction, makes you reflect on your choices and what the outcome could be
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Interesting how things have changed and how Facebook affects our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story and fantastic plot. It's now on my shelf waiting to be read over and over agian. Truly awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is all about Emma and Josh looking at their own future, i finished this book in one day! i recommend it this book is awesome PS: i'm a very picky person when it comes down to books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is spectacular! It kept me reading late through the night, and I think its really uplifting. I just wish it had been longer and in more detail because i liked it so much!
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
Really 3.5 stars After reading Thirteen Reasons Why, I was especially excited to read this book. Add to that the fact that this book is set in the 1990s and involved Facebook, and I knew it was a must-read. When Emma loads her AOL CD onto her computer, she has no idea that she will get a glimpse into her future. But that's exactly what she sees - her Facebook page in fifteen years. Together she and Josh, her neighbor who gave her the CD, are lost in the world of Facebook, learning about their futures as well as their friends' futures. Only their futures constantly change based on even the smallest decisions. As Emma struggles to make her future exactly perfect, Josh struggles with his feelings for Emma. However, Emma soon comes to learn that some things about the future she is better off not knowing...because once she does, how can she change them? This book has such an intriguing premise, and it was very well executed. Haven't we all wished that we could see what our future holds? I loved seeing how little decisions could affect status updates and bigger decisions could change the course of their lives. Reading this book certainly makes you think about how little decisions impact your life. Beyond that, one of my favorite things about this book was the time setting. I loved revisiting the 90s - reading this book was like a trip down memory lane. I also enjoyed the alternating points of views in this novel; they allowed me to feel connected to both of the characters, and I cared about both of them. Emma especially had a lot of growth as a character. Aside from seeing into the future, everything about this book was very realistic and it made for a very enjoyable read. Although the 90s references may not matter much to current teens, there are still many aspects of this book that would be appealing. Occasionally the plot moved a bit slowly with emphasis on Emma trying to figure out her life. While I enjoyed some of these moments, at times I just wanted to know what would happen next. With that, I would also love to know what really does happen for these characters fifteen years down the road. Once again, Jay Asher, along with Carolyn Mackler, has written a novel that carries a great message about how choices impact your life. I will look forward to reading more from both of these authors in the future!
crazyladyteacher More than 1 year ago
After reading Thirteen Reasons Why a few weeks ago, I was excited to get my hands on Asher's next novel. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. everything that made TRW great is lacking from this book. The authors seem to work really hard to show what 1996 is like without ever really showing what it was like, and Emma's realization that Facebook is the future comes out of nowhere. So much never seemed to connect. Hopefully Asher's next attempt will be better and he won't turn out to be a one hit wonder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot line to the book, but it was not a good book. The characters werent developed enough & there were a lot of ties left loose at the ending. Very predictable.
Anonymous 10 days ago
The Future of Us revolves around two teenagers, Emma and Josh, who have discovered an AOL disk that allows them to see 15 years into the future. This quick read has good writing, but fails to express the main emotions of the protagonists. The side characters are almost forgettable; you are left with Emma who is made out to be a spoiled girl and Josh, who is really nice. It is interesting to read the book from the point of view from both of the characters, almost like the Kane chronicles, and it makes the story much more interesting. The more grabbing aspect of the book is that is meant for those that grew up during this technological revolution, where everyone didn't have computers or phones like today. Being somewhat a little late, the book didn't resonate with me that well, and I couldn't really relate to any of the events or characters. The concept, however, was really great; being able to see into the future and alter it with present actions through facebook seems extremely intriguing, The execution not so much; but reading about Josh's attempt to remain with the hottest girl in school and Emma's to change her own future is undoubtedly a good use of time if you are interested int his story, even vaguely.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I wasnt sure if i would like this, read it very good
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I enjoyed this book because i never wanted to stop reading it
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Amazing !
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