Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Future of Us by Jay Asher

The Future of Us
by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Publication Date: November 21st, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 309
ISBN: 9781595144911

Where to Buy:
B&N | Amazon | The Book Depository
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 an America Online CD-ROM.

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. (Goodreads)
The Future of Us was a really nostalgic read for me. I remember getting my first computer around the time AOL was becoming popular. So reading this book brought back a lot of memories for me.

The main characters in the story were Emma, and her best friend/neighbor, Josh. Emma has just gotten her first computer from her dad, and while she’s setting it up, Josh brings over a CD for America Online. After creating her account on AOL, Emma discovers another website called Facebook, which allows her to see herself, Josh, and all their friends and family members, 15 years into the future.

I found the Emma and Josh to be likable characters, although they never really did anything that made them stand out. I found Emma to be a bit frustrating at times, because she never seemed to be happy with her life, and some of the decisions she made were really rash. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Emma and Josh’s best friends, Tyson and Kellan were really great characters. I think I may have liked them a bit more than the main characters.

I love, love, love all the references from the 1990’s. This really brings back memories of my teen years. The music that is mentioned in the book is the same music I listened to: Dave Matthews Band and Green Day. I loved them! There was also mention of the movie Wayne’s World. I remember watching that movie all the time! Reading this book brought it all rushing back. Those were the good times!

Overall, this book was an enjoyable read. It brought back a whole lot of memories for me, and it was great to step back in time for a while.

Happy Reading!
I'm giving away my ARC of The Future of Us to one lucky US follower! Do you want to win this book?? What are you waiting for? Enter now!

The Rules:
  • US Only
  • One entry per person
  • Must be 13 or older
  • Giveaway ends October 24th.
  • Winner will be chosen via Random.org, and will be contacted via email
  • If the winner doesn't respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • By signing up for this giveaway, you agree to the terms listed above.

Good Luck!

This giveaway has closed! Thank you!


  1. Great review. I can't enter the giveaway (Canadian!) but I can't wait to get this one I loved his 13 Reasons Why novel and good to know this one lives up to it.

    Xpresso Reads

  2. I am really looking forward to reading this just because of the nostalgia factor you mentioned. I graduated from high school in 1996 and that is the year I first learned how to use the Internet.

    It is too bad that one of the main characters is frustrating to read about and that they don't stand out. I wonder if the authors focused so much on getting the time period just right that the characters didn't get as much attention? Still I can't wait to read this anyway. Nice review and thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I loved this book too. So many memories were brought back for me. I would have been about the same age as the characters in the book at the time it was taking place, so that was interesting.

    I liked the friend's a lot as well.

    Great review, Christy!

  4. I'm so excited about this! Wayne's World! I know I'm going to love all the 90s references! I had AOL as a teen in the 90s too, so that's nostalgic! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  5. This book sounds like so much fun because of all of the 90s stuff! Thanks for your review and the giveaway! :)

  6. this one sounds amazing, I really want to read it! Glad it was a good read!

  7. I loved this book and all the 90's references. It took me right back to my first AOL CD. I wonder if my students can relate to it though? I think they will like the idea of seeing their future Facebook pages- such a unique idea. Thanks for the great review!

  8. I just won this in a contest the other day! The only thing I'm worried about is the 90's references...I didn't exactly grow up in the 90's! The idea of seeing the Facebook pages is so, so cool!

    Awesome review, Christy!

  9. I enjoy Jay Asher's writing. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. This sounds good. I think it would be fun to read about references to the 1990s since I was a teen and high school then. Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I had the same problem with Josh and Emma - it was difficult to really connect to them and, quite frankly, I did not like Emma that much at all, haha.

  12. DMB is still my absolute favorite group, so nothing's changed! Still, I like the idea of this one, although my needing to get alone in some part with the MC is a big part of my liking a book, but I'm going to give this one a try anyhow because it seems awesome.


Thanks for stopping by! :)