Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What I Read: The Future of Us

This week I read The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.  I checked it out from the high school library a few months ago recently (no overdue charges for teachers makes it very easy to forget about that book I just had to read). 

Imagine discovering your Facebook profile fifteen years in the future...and Facebook doesn't even exist yet.  The book deals with two teens in 1996 who discover the profiles of their 30-something selves.  It was a fun, quick read.  I love the idea that even the smallest decisions, conversations, and actions can completely change who we become. Plus, the fact that I was sixteen years old in 1996 made the read even better -- so many little references...setting the VCR to record a tv show, using AOL CDs to log on to the internet, jogging with your Sony Discman...it definitely appealed to 16-year old me. The ending was on the predictable side, but the message was a meaningful one, especially for young readers.