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CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #25: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

*Audiobook Review*

The premise of this book sounded intriguing.  In 1996, sixteen-year-old Emma Nelson connects her new computer to AOL.  A box pops up and she logs onto a website called Facebook.  Emma is able to see what she is posting on Facebook 15 years in the future.  She shows the website to her best-friend and neighbor, Josh.  Then they realize that the actions that they are taking in the present are changing their statuses in the future.  OMG you guys!!!

This book is listed as a young-adult novel, but I’m not sure if a teenager today would get all of the min-nineties references that this book beats into your head.  Seriously, they are always listening to Dave Matthews Band or skateboarding, or something else that says, “Hey, remember the nineties?”.  Frankly, it’s annoying.  Actually, there was a lot about this book that annoyed the crap out of me.  I hated Emma, the main female character.  Especially her narrator in the audiobook version.  I frequently rolled my eyes and complained to my roommate about how much I hate sixteen-year-old girls and their annoying boy obsessions.  There was wayyyy too much whiny romantic entanglements and not enough sci-fi.

2/5 Stars.

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One thought on “CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #25: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

  1. My biggest complaint with audio books is that the character’s voice doesn’t always to the words or story justice. I liked the printed story and felt that the character of Emma was meant to annoy you for most of the book until she matured. When I try to explain to children that Facebook didn’t even exist 10 years ago, I get very blank stares. This story captured some of that puzzlement about stuff that today’s generations take for granted… but it wasn’t nearly as powerful as Jay Ahser’s 13 Reasons Why. Good Review!

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