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The Future of Us

Asher, Jay

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Future of Us
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It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, c2011.
ISBN: 9781595144911
1595144919
Characteristics: 368 p ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mackler, Carolyn

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Aug 29, 2014
  • racortesmonroy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was actually an intelligent book. It has connectable characters in which places us in the mind of not just one protagonist but two. It's witty with teenagers both having smart humor tat occurs with their daily lives as well as the future. You really want to connect with these characters hoping that one's future will have a good turnout. It's a cautionary tale of what happens when you are told things about your future and expect everything to go right simply because you want them to be done for you. It's telling you to make your own path as well as make your own outcome of YOUR future. Well put together, connectable characters, brilliant dialogue, as well as a plot woven like a quilt, with the help of Carolyn Mackler, Jay Asher has done it again... Also facebook is over rated. If it was made in the 90's then well then society would be a lot less productive so this is also a cautionary tale about what happens when you spend too much time on facebook.

Aug 11, 2014
  • Jessica4695 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The idea of kids from the 90s finding Facebook and "seeing" their future seemed cool, but the book turned out to be disappointing. Stereotypical teen book--cursing, smut, lack of intelligence, and "romance," if you even want to call it that.

Jul 31, 2014
  • kiko34 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Super cool book about how facebook can be used to see into the futures of these two kids and how our futures can change in a split second

Jul 10, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Future Of Us is a great romance novel that made me think of all the relationships that people go through, especially in their teenage years. Sometimes it takes the simplest things to change your future forever. I'm actually really glad that the future Emma eventually changed her password...

Love this book! Sparked a great discussion with teens about choices they make now and how it can impact their future. HIghly recommend it for teens (and adults who want a flashback to the 90s!)

It was an amazing, amazing book.
I recommend it to teenagers.

Sep 21, 2013
  • black_polecat_5 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

SPOILER ALERT! I really didnt enjoy this book,frankly im surprised i even bothered finishing it.the charactors were flat,and i hated emma.i did like the concept though, and it was cool that it only lasted 6 days.what really put me off was the fact that emma was so selfish and didnt care about wether or not josh was happy.i think he deserved to be with sydney,and emma shouldve just stayed with kevin storm.but this just my opinion and if your interested, then go ahead and read it:)

Jun 17, 2013
  • EragonShadeslayer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

In 1996, when the internet was still a new thing, Josh’s AOL (America Online) trial disk somehow gives him and his friend Emma access to their Facebook accounts in the future. They cant do anything like post updates or friend people, but they can see their future posts, which hint at what their future is like- where they live, who they are married to, etc. This has a massive effect on them once they realise how much little decisions affect their future- this takes place in a changeable timeline, not one where prophecies cannot be changed (and are often self-fulfilled by attempts to prevent them), and while trying to make it better they often make it worse. I was hoping that this book would be more based on trying to find out how their computer can somehow access Facebook, which does not yet exist, but it focussed more on how it affected their relationships and was actually a romance novel, which I was disappointed about. It had an interesting concept, but I didn’t like the direction it went in. And In reply to JennyX's comment: It is an interseting concept, but not a new one. It's known as the "butterfly effect", referencing its appearence in "A Sound of Thunder".

Jun 14, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reply to your comment: 100 hours using it. When she doesn't use it, it doesn't eat up from her time. Like when you buy minutes for your cell phone. When you don't talk, they don't get used up.

spoiler: When josh gives emma the CD-ROM he explains that when activated it gives a person internet. He also explained that is a trial and that the internet lasts for 100 hours. What confuses me is that the book lasts for 8 days which is about 150-200 days. Way over the limit. Just a thought.

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Jul 10, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Olive13 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13

Sep 21, 2013
  • black_polecat_5 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Apr 14, 2013
  • Mariysha rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 17, 2013
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Aug 18, 2012
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Jul 27, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loveneverlies1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

Jul 15, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012
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Jun 13, 2012
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  • KKPGIRL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: It's Complicated

That's my future this morning. It doesn't say I'm married. It doesn't say I'm single.

May 04, 2013
  • HLINGUM rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Josh: "Also, I was thinking we should have a code word for it so people don't know what we're talking about."
Emma: "How about 'Facebook'?" I say, starting my engine. "No one's heard of that."

Jul 27, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

epic

Jul 27, 2012
  • chrisgotstacks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mind blowing

Jun 04, 2012
  • SimonOrJ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

... Here's my moment!
"I... I like this auditorium we're going to."
Really? ...

-Josh

Feb 16, 2012
  • Sh3sLump rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Emma: "He broke your heart! How can you call it love when he hurt you so badly?"
Kellan pops anouther fry into her mouth.
Kellan: "It was love beacause it was worth it." <3

" The way you're judging me means you're not even trying to understand what that life felt like for me."
-Emma

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Jul 10, 2014
  • Olive13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Future Of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, was about a boy named Josh and a girl named Emma. Josh had given Emma a special CD-ROM that contained an AOL E-Mail account and something called a Facebook account. Emma decided to sign in with her new E-Mail address and password that she chooses and it opens to a page that already exists... Emma's Facebook page... in the future. She even notices that comments she makes in fifteen years are being posted 2 minutes ago! She learns about her future through her own comments and photographs and doesn't like what she hears... she decides to make changes now that will drastically make ripples into her future! Soon Josh is dragged into the mess and the two keep checking back on Emma's page while, in the meantime, they are trying to keep this a secret from everybody else and yet, their futures are so separate, that they may be torn apart forever...

Jun 17, 2014
  • skeeki7 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This story follows a teenage girl in the late 1990's. After receiving a computer from her father Emma installed her neighbor's, Josh, software disc. After realizing there's a link to a website called "Facebook" the two start to creep on them self. Soon after a bunch of drama starts to happen at school, at home, with each other so if you don't like teen fiction then don't read it. Duh.

Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

HS juniors in 1996 open an AOL account on Emma's computer and find their future selves on Facebook. Josh is delighted with his 35 year-old self, married to a gorgeous gal and with 3 kids. Emma is horrified to find that she is unhappy as an adult. Each makes small changes during the week that follows, either trying to ensure the future happens as it appears on FB or to make certain events never take place. Each log-in shows a new future and new friends. Both teens think about the people they are with, reasons for choices, future, and fate. At week's end the future Emma cancels her FB account and they see the future no more.

Jul 27, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mysteriously, the teens find themselves on a website called Facebook, which has all sorts of information about their lives… 15 years in the future. This intriguing premise is an instant hook for today's social-media-savvy readers. Clever references to cassette tapes, dial-up Internet access, and camera film are sure to induce chuckles from those who remember 1996, but the nostalgia is subtle enough that the writing will feel fresh to contemporary teens, and the idea of glimpsing one's future is a tantalizing draw for any reader. Although the discovery of Facebook initially propels the plot, there is a solid and appealing story beyond the sly humor that comes from poking fun at trivial status updates. In addition to sustaining well-crafted romantic tension, the authors deftly address universal questions relevant to teens, such as, "What do I want?" and "How do my actions affect my future?" As Josh and Emma confront these dilemmas and reevaluate their feelings, their alternating first-person narratives have a sense of urgency that makes this book impossible to set aside. This quick, highly engaging read is a tremendously likable, soul-searching romantic comedy and a subtle reminder to occasionally unplug and live in the moment.

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