Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Future of Us - Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (5/10)

Title: The Future of Us
Author: 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.

The writing is incredibly two-dimensional. A teenager writing Gossip Girl fan-fic could probably have produced something of a better quality.

Bearing in mind that I was slightly younger than the main characters in 1996, I also got very annoyed with the constant cultural references. It was painfully obvious. There are also other bands that were noteworthy then besides Dave Matthews.

I did like the alternating POV from chapter to chapter. I always enjoy it when authors use this. However, the characters were flat and there was far too little going on besides their petty thoughts. I mean, Emma bases a guy's dateworthyness on his hair. His HAIR, for godsake.

Basically, don't read this one unless you are sitting on a beach somewhere and your thought processes have already been dulled by sun exposure.

Rating: 5/10
I was really excited to read this one as I had heard good things about Jay Asher. However, I felt that this novel, while having an excellent plot idea, was poorly executed. I kind of felt like my brain had been microwaved after the first hundred or so pages.