Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler - OPTIONAL

Asher, Jay and Carolyn Mackler The Future of Us, 368 p. Razorbill (Penguin), 2011.  Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content: PG-13 (feeling up, drinking, boy thoughts).  All Josh did was give Emma, his next-door neighbor, an AOL CD-ROM so that her family could signup for Internet service.  Instead, when Emma log-on, she finds a weird place called “facebook” and sees posts from herself that look like they are from 15 years in the future – and looks like Josh has married the school hottie and has a fabulous life, while Emma is miserable and headed towards divorce.  As Emma messes around trying to fix her future, Josh is becoming more confident as he tries to figure out how he ended up with someone so hot.  The beginning of the book works really to set the time period of 1996 – sometimes too hard.  While the books rolls out to have a very apt message about life and love, I am not totally sold on the past/future device – unsure how teens will buy into it.  Don’t sell this as the next Jay Asher book – just as an interesting book.  HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

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