The Future of Us

The 90s kid in me had to get this.  Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler take us back to 1996, and I just laugh remembering all of the things they describe.  This book is good for a little nostalgia, if nothing else. 

Emma just got her first computer.  Her best friend and neighbor, Josh, gives her an AOL cd to use with it.  When she signs in to her new email account, she discovers something weird– it’s called Facebook. 

Emma and Josh are both weirded out by what they see, and rightly so.  They find themselves online, fifteen years in the future.  They’re able to see who they marry, and what their future selves are posting about.  Realizing that her future self is unhappy, Emma starts to play with fate.  She succeeds in making changes, but she’s not sure that they’re changes she likes. 

Meanwhile, in her 1996 time frame, Emma starts to realize that maybe in order to make her future self happy, she needs to spend a little more time in the right now. 

I love the references to all of the old technology.  The dial up internet that takes forever.  The Discman if you want to take your music with you.  The disposable cameras.  It’s a nice trip down memory lane. 

If you’re a 90s baby like me, you’ll probably enjoy this.


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