The Future Of Us A Review

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future Of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Authors: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Publisher: Razorbill

Publishing Date: November 21st, 2011



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 may be the perfect age for this book, having been a sophomore in High School in 1996. I remember the newness of the internet as a teenager and all those free AOL CD’s. The other cultural references like Green Day’s Dookie and bootleg albums, really brought me back.

The Future Of Us is written with both Emma and Josh narrating their own chapters. The switching of the narrator from Josh to Emma in each chapter allows the reader to get to know and become emotionally invested in each character. Getting to hear in each characters own words how what they see of the future effects the way they react to the present, is really interesting. It also brings up so many questions, do you play it safe or go for what you really want? Is it ever too late to change? I am not generally a fan of books written by two authors but Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler do an excellent job. Emma and Josh felt very real and I rooted for them throughout the book.

I had a hard time putting this book down and loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a creative story that makes you feel nostalgic for your teenage years, pick-up The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.


Summary and cover image from goodreads.



  1. I’ve had my eye on this one forever. I too remember AOL and IM-ing and Greenday’s first big album! High School!!! lol. I think the premise is very interesting – as is the idea that this one is a stand-alone.
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    • I love that this is a stand-alone. Getting sucked into series after series can feel overwhelming because instead of reading one book, you are actually setting yourself up to read five.

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