February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

‘The Future of Us’ Out in Paperback

The Future of Us (Razorbill, 2012), co-written by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher, comes out in paperback today. The book, about two teens in 1996 who turn on a computer to find themselves on Facebook—15 years into the future, was a USA Today bestseller and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Warner Brothers already has optioned the film rights.  Check it out more news on Facebook and Twitter #FutureofUs. And find out how to win two autographed copies of The Future of Us, one hardcover and one paperback.

Read SLJ’s interview with Asher about The Future of Us.

Check out SLJ’s Tumblr post with Mackler on “where I write.”

SLJ Blogger Liz Burn’s review on A Chair, a Fireplace & A Tea Cozy.

SLJ’s Review of The Future of Us :

ASHER, Jay & Carolyn Mackler. The Future of Us. 356p. Penguin/Razorbill. Nov. 2011. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-59514-491-1. LC number unavailable.
Gr 8 Up–The year is 1996. Josh and Emma, lifelong best friends and neighbors, are in the midst of sorting out their awkward, possibly romantic feelings for one another when Emma receives her first computer and logs on to the Internet with a free AOL CD. Mysteriously, the teens find themselves on a website called Facebook, which has all sorts of information about their lives… 15 years in the future. This intriguing premise is an instant hook for today’s social-media-savvy readers. Clever references to cassette tapes, dial-up Internet access, and camera film are sure to induce chuckles from those who remember 1996, but the nostalgia is subtle enough that the writing will feel fresh to contemporary teens, and the idea of glimpsing one’s future is a tantalizing draw for any reader. Although the discovery of Facebook initially propels the plot, there is a solid and appealing story beyond the sly humor that comes from poking fun at trivial status updates. In addition to sustaining well-crafted romantic tension, the authors deftly address universal questions relevant to teens, such as, “What do I want?” and “How do my actions affect my future?” As Josh and Emma confront these dilemmas and reevaluate their feelings, their alternating first-person narratives have a sense of urgency that makes this book impossible to set aside. This quick, highly engaging read is a tremendously likable, soul-searching romantic comedy and a subtle reminder to occasionally unplug and live in the moment.–Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA.

About Debra Lau Whelan

Debra Whelan is a former senior editor for news and features at SLJ.

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