Wednesday, August 3, 2011

90's meets Facebook

Remember the 90's?  VCRs. CD-Roms. Static dial-up of the Internet.  America Online disks.  Life before FaceBook?

Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler's The Future of Us is a serious comedy and a definite novel of awesomeness.  While teenagers in the 90s, Josh and Emma discover that they can view Facebook.  After they figure out that they are the people on it -- and why someone would put so much random information about themselves on the Internet is beyond them -- they discover it's their lives fifteen years in the future.  They also discover that they can change their futures by deliberate and stupid acts. 

It all comes down to the fact that if we knew what our futures held and could change them, it's not just the future that would change. Really, if you could visibly manipulate the future, would you be afraid of reality or live in the moment?

I thought it was a book that I would read and then pass on.  Nope. It's a keeper.  I love it!  This will be one of the best young adult novels to hit our shelves this year (and Jamie, our YA expert, agrees!).

To be released November 21st.

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