Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler have created an awesome and inventive book in The Future of Us! Both are excellent writers and they seamlessly piece their own styles and voices together to create an accessible and fun book that teenagers today will have no trouble getting into, despite being set in 1996. They've got the dialogue, the emotions, and the drama down perfectly. The dynamics between Emma, Josh, and their close friends were excellent. Each have their own relationship dramas that play into the futures that Emma and Josh see on Facebook, and as they try to "fix" things, they discover that more issues crop up, leading them to the realization that while you can't control the future, you have the power to change your own life, and if you live your life trying to control what may happen, you won't really enjoy living. The little details about life before everyone had cell phones, Facebook pages, and tablets are kind of fun for those readers who remember the '90's and the pop culture of the time, but even if you don't, The Future of Us is still an engaging, fun book with plenty of humor, relationship drama, and just enough romance to satisfy teens and adults alike. Definitely do not miss this book.
Cover Comments: I like the cover! It;s neat how the pair on the cover aren't totally visible, and I think the design of the cover is really neat! I also like how it's not overly feminine, so I hope both males and females will be encouraged to pick it up!
ARC picked up at BEA.
This ones hits stores on Tuesday!