The Future of Us

The Future of Us

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595144911
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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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 8 months ago
It looks like it is boring and the plot makes no sense to me at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally love a good love story but I wish we could have gotten a glimpse on how Josh and Emma's future looked from the Facebook view.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sophomore Josh and junior Emma have been neighbors and best friends their whole lives. That is until last November when things got a little awkward between them. Now they don¿t really hang out much other than at school with other friends. When Emma receives a computer from her father as a guilt gift (he divorced her mom, moved away and started a new family) Josh¿s mom sends Josh over to Emma¿s with a free AOL CD that she received in the mail. After installing the CD Emma logs in and is taken to her Facebook page. There¿s just one problem. It¿s 1996 and Facebook hasn¿t even been invented yet. Is someone playing a cruel joke or can Josh and Emma really see what their lives are like fifteen years in the future each time they log on?After reading a couple of reviews about The Future of Us I promptly put this book on my wish list. The idea seemed like a lot of fun and the book totally lived up to my expectations. It was funny to read about all the old technology like dial up modems and those darn AOL CD that were always being sent out. After seeing what their futures were like Emma tried her hardest to change hers and Josh tried his hardest to make his future start happening now. It was a unique story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The only reason why I didn¿t give this one five stars was the fact that the glitch that allowed them to see their future selves on Facebook was never explained. I would have like to see something about that to give a little closure to the story. I recommend this one for anyone who loves quick YA reads.
busyreadin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great premise but a little too young in the romance department
hankesj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty quick and enjoyable read with a very interesting concept. I love that what we perceive as normal now (Facebook) would be totally weird back in the 90's. And what would you do if you logged onto an ancient computer (although its not ancient to Emma and Josh in the book) and saw this website that was full of your future? Crazy, right?The Good: I thought for the development of the characters, Asher and Macker did a great job of nailing teenagers in the 90's. They are characteristically on track for what is *real* life teenagers. They are perfectly angsty, whiny, lustful, all full of expectations and dreams. I thought the character building was great. Like I said earlier, I also loved the plot and themes of this crazy technology showing us our future. Josh and Emma understandably want to both change and not change things about the future and that's just human nature! The writing was easy and quick to read and I enjoyed that the pov's changed between Josh and Emma. You could tell that it was two different authors writing two very different characters.The Bad: While the writing was good (but not great), I did feel like it was a bit on the younger side. That kind of took away from the story a little bit. I was also disappointed in the relationships and apparent "love" between Josh and Emma. Even the secondary characters Tyson and Kellan (LOVE the name btw) were lacking....romance or chemistry. It all felt very blah for me when it came to the love/dating aspect. I also think things worked out a little too easily for Josh and Emma's conflict. Asher and Mackler started out with this really fantastical idea, but it was followed through all the way. There were so many more aspects to explore.Overall though, this book was entertaining and enjoyable. Recommended for the younger set and maybe those who are nostalgic for the 90's and pop culture references. I give it a B!
ChayseBWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So with having a facebook, I am able to talk to my friends, see what's going on with school and work and even post comments. So cool right! Well what if I had the opportunity to refresh my page and see my future life. Wicked! I would probably think I am taking some kind of hallucination drug or think I might be going crazy. I loved the characters, even though some of their choices were not the smartest. Seeing them grow up I think was the greatest thing of this book. We were able to see them make mistakes, that most teenagers make, but we also saw the maturity that grew out of them as the book progressed.The love interest was there and of course there is going to be a little twist but by the end the characters end with the people we all prayed for it to happen. This is where some of the main mistakes happened in but they realized their mistakes and went forward with their feelings out front. Even though I wasn't with AOL for all my childhood years, I can still relate to this book and I believe that anyone who did have AOL can too. So I still recommend that everyone give this book a chance and see where it goes for you!I give this book 4 souls!
Loyet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are the type of person that needs to know the hows and whys of something happening, this book is going to annoy you. They never once go into why or how they are able to access Facebook in 1996. But, that didn't bother me at all. The story was cute and fun. I also loved that Emma was class of 1997 because I am too, which kept making me think of what my high school self would think if they were able to see my Facebook page now.
Ziaria on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you could know what your life would be like in 15 years, would you want to know or not? That is the main question this book brings to light. I know at one time or another we've each have wondered what it would be like in our future. Who doesn't? But what if you could? Would you look? I found this book to be a quick, easy read that was light on the drama but yet dealt with such a fun and yet serious idea. Knowing what you're future held and the consequences of it. How one little mind shift could make such an impact. One little add thought to throw a wrench in the idea of something. Crazy heh.The characters were typical teenage, angst ridden group. A likable bunch. Mostly I just enjoyed the idea that surrounds the book. I liked seeing how each of the main characters dealt with the knowledge handed to them and how they evolved, changed by knowing it.This would be a great book to take on vacation and spend a lazy day reminiscing of life in the 90's, if you're old enough to remember being a teenager in the 90's lol. So if you get a chance, pick it up and give it a shot.
xhollishx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a throwback to the 90s and everything that it references just took me back to my middle school years. Espically the AOL disc. This book is not only entertaining, but an easy read. I would highly recommend it!
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since I heard about this book a few months ago, I was anxious to read it. I was excited to get a copy from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. The book takes place in 1996 when two teens, Emma and Josh, log on to AOL for the first time . . . and glimpse their own Facebook pages -- fifteen years in the future. They are able to glean their futures, regarding where they go to college, what their jobs will be like, and whom they marry. Emma and Josh also learn that any little detail that happens in their present, could have a huge ripple effect in the future. This was a fast-paced read, told in alternating first-person perspectives between Emma and Josh, that I could not put down. I loved this book because as an older fan of this new wave of Young Adult books, reading about MY generation of teenagers in the 90s was very enjoyable for me. I loved all the 90s references, but I think most of them would fly over the heads of the target audience of this book. Not that it matters a bit, the book is enjoyable as is. Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler do an excellent job of working this very bizarre concept. Not only do we see how it doesn¿t matter what year it is that we can develop a Facebook addiction, but the authors also manage to show us that even our smallest decisions can affect us -- and others -- in a big way in the future (I was reminded of another book that also demonstrated this: LEAP DAY by Wendy Mass.)