The Future of Us
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Olive13 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13
black_polecat_5 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
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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.
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."
... Here's my moment!
"I... I like this auditorium we're going to."
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
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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...
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.
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.
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.