Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler’s The Future of Us was given to me as a present which I read a couple of months ago. Written from the point of view of two teenagers, the novel follows the life of Josh and Emma as they attempt to survive through the many changes and difficulties that occurs in their high-school journey.
Firstly, Asher and Mackler’s work uses a loved and old formula: boy and girl are best friends and live next door. Josh and Emma even have the awkward cliche moment when one confesses their love to the other. So, to begin with, The Future of Us seems to comply with established literary cliches. However, this romantic comedy has an interesting twist which I think is really cool and original. Set in the mid 1990s, it’s a time where people still don’t have the internet. Thanks to Josh’s AOL CD Emma gets the internet too, as well as something unexpected. Facebook. The beloved social media site appears on Emma’s computer in 1996 and they discover their profiles. Josh and Emma see what their life will be like in 15 years through statues posted on their page. This revelation transforms their life and you would think that everything changes for the better. Well, that is not
I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say is that their friendship is tested, and Josh and Emma must decide what to do when they discover their destiny.
Although this novel is aimed at teenagers i definitely enjoyed reading it. The authors write in a clear and concise way. In fact, both authors have a likable writing style. The great thing about having multiple narrators is that you get to enter the mind of both characters without the help on an omniscient narrator. I feel like Emma develops more as character and maybe that’s because she had more baggage. The ending was nice and I only use this adjective for lack of a better word. Maybe I was hoping for a more dramatic ending or perhaps the authors could have delved a little deeper into the themes of the novel. Nonetheless, The Future of Us is an enjoyable rom-com novel with a twist and tackles, in a more lighthearted way, the timeless need to know and shape our own future.