Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

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.

Okay, it's been a while since I read this book, but I had to really think on it to know how I felt.
And the more and more I think about it, the more annoyed I get. Jay Asher wrote one of the most serious young adult books that we have, and it was heartbreaking, and then he comes back with something humorous? I'm not saying that genre-switching is bad, it's the way that this thing tried to be funny, and all the humor was just like. Ha. Ha. That's almost funny. Jay...why?

I'm not going to say anything about Mackler, because I've never read her other books.

This book was just soooo shallow! There are a MILLION things you should do when you can find out what happens in the future besides finding out who your future mate is and then trying to change it! Why, why, why?
And please, look at the cover and tell me that doesn't scream action-packed sci-fi. This is HUMOR, although it's not well done.
Other than that, it's okay...but, wow.

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