Thursday, 14 June 2012

“Why would anyone say this stuff about themselves on the Internet? It's crazy!”

Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler have teamed up and written a wonderful teen novel called "The Future of Us."  Here's what it's about:

"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"

Such a clever concept and one that is so prevalent in today's day and age!  Asher and Mackler's writing styles flow nicely together and they have created characters that you are interested in and rooting for in Emma and Josh.  I read this in a day and really enjoyed it.  While I would say this is a fairly light read, there are some profound moments in the novel.  One of my favourite scenes happens between Emma and her best girl friend Kellan when they are talking about boys.

“Emma:“He broke your heart! How can you call it love when he hurt you so badly?”
Kellan:“It was love because it was worth it.”

That sums it up nicely I say.

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