Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teen Review: THE FUTURE OF US

Today, our teen spy, Laura, is reviewing The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler. I'd add my two cents, but, um... Laura pretty much already has them covered!



Book: The Future of Us
Authors: Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
Release Date: November 21, 2011


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TEEN SPY REVIEW:

Collaborations always seem like such a cool idea, but when put pen to paper, the idea can become…not-so cool. Conflicting ideas and different writing styles are frequent culprits of a collaboration gone wrong: but not here. Asher and Mackler have teamed up to create an absolute wonder that is sure to be one of the most talked about young adult books of the year. But isn’t that what happens when you combine two outstanding authors? It’s a formula that’s pretty straightforward and a guaranteed sure-fire hit (amazing authors + amazing idea = amazing book), and what a result it was!

The premise? Oh, boy! I mean, accessing your future through the internet, how awesome is that? Yes, please! And it’s an idea that will appeal to a range of ages, not just teens, being set in 1996 and including Facebook. I can almost hear everybody’s ears pricking up. Really, this duo was superb for the role. But you know you’re in good hands with two of the most intuitive and authentic voices in young-adult today.

The alternating point of views of the two main characters was beautifully written. The transition was so flawless sometimes you weren’t even aware of it! The plot was deliciously crafted, each character was appreciatively fleshed-out yet still real, and the writing was so well-balanced that you wouldn’t even suspect the writing role to be frequently exchanged.

This book is so rich with creativity and strong messages about embracing the moment and the life you’re living now; to appreciate the things you have, move away from the past, and worry about the future when you confront it. It has a little something for everyone, too, which is always nice. If you’re someone who enjoys a leisurely stroll down Nostalgia Lane with your Discman on, blasting Dave Matthews, then you will devour this book like comfort food. Or even if you are just someone who is investing themselves in an older era, because retro is, like, so in right now and, you know, the 90s are sooo old.

The Future of Us is a novel that offers so much in just the summary and does deliver on every level. It will stay in your hands all day until you have breezed through it and still want more. I was never bored, angry, mislead, and most certainly not disappointed. I guarantee you won’t be, either.

More about Laura:

Bio: Fifteen-year-old (going on 50) Aussie girl who writes for fun and for the future. Ever since she can remember, she’s had an unquenchable desire to read, anything and everything. LL believes that you don't need a good education if you've read good books. Therefore, Sarah Dessen is her savior. 
Legend: Once purposefully threw her copy of Twilight in the mud and screamed, "Be gone with you, Mary-Sue!"

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