The Future of Us by Jay Asher
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
Publishes in US: November 21st 2011 by Razorbill
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I love the premise of The Future of Us, and I am actually kinda sad that it has taken me this long to pick it up. I immediately connected with Emma and was pulling for Josh, the other main character, and the boy next door. They used to be close, but things have changed for them in the last 6 months, but Emma's discovery of her... and Josh's future facebook pages draws them back together.
It was a really cute story and the romance was a slow build and a little frustrating at times, but the ending came together and it was solid.
I loved seeing how even the smallest detail can have huge waves, and it was hard for them to learn the lessons the hard way. Sometimes it is better not to know. If each moment can change things in such a big way, then you can't make decisions on that little bit of information.
The nostalgia factor is really nice, but sometimes overplayed.
I enjoyed the friendship basis between Emma and Josh, and the subtleties of them trying to figure out if it could work and what their feelings for themselves, others and each other are.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you have a decision in the past you wish you could change?