The Future of Us

Goodreads synopsis: 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.

I loved this book. 

I loved the dialogue, the references to 90s technology and pop culture and all the quips about what they hoped for the future.

I loved that the characters felt real and their responses to glimpsing their futures made me question what 15 year old me would think about present-day me.

This was one of those books that I devoured and annoyed my husband and friends by reading passages aloud to them. 

The story is narrated by Emma and Josh, two teens who have stumbled upon Facebook in 1996 and can see their futures. Their observations of future life are sometimes profound and often hilarious. Why do so many people post what they are eating for dinner? Emma realizes there are parts of her future she'd rather change, while Josh seems perfectly content with his. Emma starts making small changes to her daily life in an attempt to change her future, and the results are a mixed bag, eventually she will learn to stop focusing so much on the future and start living for the now. Josh learns that what seems perfect at first glance, often is not so upon closer inspection. In all, this is a fun story that is sure to please anyone old enough to remember the late 90s. 

Teens who were born in the late 90s may not fully appreciate all the little nods to that time, but they will certainly be able to relate to the insecurities, drama, and mishaps of the the protagonists. The characters feel authentic and relatable, the dialogue moves the story along at a rapid pace, and there are plenty of laughs. 

This is definitely a book that is worth more than one read and will appeal to a broad audience. 

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