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The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

February 29, 2012

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler. Pub. Simon & Schuster UK. 2012.

A romantic comedy with great appeal for high school students. Every library needs a novel like this, it is light, easily read, topical and fun.

It is 1996 and childhood friends Emma and Josh have not spoken or been together for more than 6 months after Josh noticed how Emma was filling out her jeans and tried to kiss her. Josh feels hurt and Emma embarrassed.

Then Emma’s father buys her a computer with Windows 95 and when she logs on to America Online there is a jump 15 years into the future and she clicks into Facebook. She finds herself aged 31 and checks out whether she is still in contact with her current friends especially Josh.

What she finds rocks her to the core. She involves Josh who is quite happy with what Facebook reveal is going to happen to him as he is going to marry the hottest and richest girl in school who currently doesn’t know him from a bar of soap.

Both Emma and Josh try to alter, prevent or ensure  what Facebook reveals to them does or does not occur. Should you tamper with the future? or just let things happen as they would naturally in the course of time?

A believable plot by twin authors writing consecutive short chapters with Jat Asher being Josh and Carolyn Mackler being Emma. The marriage works and they produce an entertaining novel on teenage relationships in 1996 with the future sticking it’s nose in.

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