The future of us

By: Jay Asher & 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. Emma is not to happy with the way her future turns out, but Josh loves his, so he thinks. And as they mess 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.

Book review

  • What I enjoyed about this book was that it was in the past. They've never heard of Facebook, status's, profiles, etc. Also, they didn't have wireless phones. It was a big deal when she got a computer. It was cool comparing the past to all of the technology and apps we have now.
  • Everyone else may also like the same thing about this book. Also, this book has lots of suspense when they do things that can impact their future majorly. Leaves you wondering how it effects their future.
  • If you like drama, romance, and suspense then I recommend this book for you. While Emma and josh are focusing on their futures there's always some romance in the mix. If you like a book that leaves you wondering every chapter, you would enjoy this book.



I picked this section because this is when Emma and Josh discover that their actions and decisions effect their futures whether it be minor, or major changes. This can be a good, or a bad thing.

Character development

Emma and Josh are both average kids in the beginning of the book. They're in a friend group of about 4 with 2 other friends Kellan and Tyson. Once they discover their futures they feel like they need to hang out with the people in them. Josh is pretty content with his future but some times too much and gets cocky. Emma, not so much. So she becomes a little sad because Josh is drifting away from her into the more popular crowd.


One theme of this book is to follow your dreams and do what you want to do. Emma and Josh got too caught up in what they thought their future should be rather than doing what they wanted and seeing how it played out like that.


I think we will discover lots of new technology, apps, websites , etc. in the future. But when it comes to seeing our futures, maybe one day, but not anytime soon.