356 pages 2011 YA//Stand Alone
“It’s 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they’ll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.”
This book was such a cute story that I fell in love with straight from the beginning. The first thing that drew me to this book was the fact that two people discovers themselves on Facebook years before it even were invented and fifthteen years in the future, that really sounds so amazing. This book is a mix of cliques, suspense, romance and a pinch of drama.
The chapters is divided between the two characters Emma & Josh, who is extremely wonderful characters I started loving straight from the beginning. The book kicked off straight from the plot really. When Josh gave Emma and her family an AOL cd, they both discover this thing called Facebook. Facebook is pretty much their get together after many years. Emma & Josh drifted apart from being best friends to barley talking. I really loved the way both authors developed the characters storyline throughout the book. Jay & Carolyn have written really realistic characters who suffer from things that teenagers normally struggles with. That’s why I love Jay Asher, he has that impact on me with his writing.
As we discover more of Facebook we quickly realize that seeing the future isn’t as awesome as It’s supposed to be. The fact that every move they make changes something in the future. That’s what makes this book so fascinating and suspenseful. When they aren’t happy with their future and try to change it, they doesn’t always make the right choices.
Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler’s story is well developed and doesn’t drown you in the facebook plot. They also write about each characters life and relations. I just adore Asher… and once again I understand why he’s one of my favorite writers! 😀 I mentioned above about cliques… and yes… it’s filled with them and some happenings in this book is really predictable. To be honest one of the reasons I really liked this book is because of the cliques. I think it’s good to read cliques sometimes 🙂
The only reason that I didn’t give this book a five star rating is the ending. Honestly I would expect that the ending would leave you out of breath like Thirteen Reasons Why did. At least regarding this book’s suspenseful development throughout. I felt like the ending was kind of rushed. I’d hoped it would have a bigger WOW-factor, but all in all I had to give it a four.
If you haven’t read this book, it’s definitely a book to read. Given in mind that easter is coming now… People who isn’t a fan of Crime Fiction… Pick this one up… You will be satisfied. 😀
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (pencilstopaper.wordpress.com)
- 5 Questions With … novelist Jay Asher on bullying (ocregister.com)
- Book Review – Thirteen Reasons Why (amidstbooks.wordpress.com)
- Thirteen Reasons Why (elblogdelamancha.com)