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The Future of Us

Bibliographic Information
Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Hardcover: 9781595144911
Paperback: 9781595145161

Publisher: Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin


Book Details
Jacket Design:Emily Osborne

Jacket Photo: Mode Images LImited / Alamy

Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audible

Page Count:368 p.


  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011
  • Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly
  • Nominated by YALSA for Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Starred review in Booklist

Plot Summary

Josh and Emma are neighbors – good friends.  It is 1996 and an America Online CD shows up in the mail.  They install it and instantly are taken to a Facebook page.  But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet.  But, there they are in the future and every day their future changes on the pages of Facebook.

Critical Evaluation

Not considered to be as highly rated of either of these author’s best selling books, it gets many positive comments.  While it may not be a long term success – many consider it to be a great read with a good premise.

Reader’s Annotation

It is 1996.  You and your best friend know your future – the one described every day on Facebook – but Facebook hasn’t been invented yet.

Information about the Author
Jay Asher’s first novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, with foreign rights sold in over 30 countries and more than 1,000,000 copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the teen novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words. In 2008, Carolyn was a judge for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Carolyn graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Art HIstory. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

Fiction: Historical

Curriculum Ties
Technology: Internet
History of Technology

Booktalking ideas
Time travel
History of the Internet

Reading Level/Interest Age
Interest Level: Grades 7 and up

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