This is probably the best way to explain this book: Changing your future by changing the now.

Emma, the girl that annoyed me. I don’t know what it was about her, but it just annoyed me. I think it was her selection in boys. I mean, seriously Emma? Make some decent decisions here! Other than that, I think it was simply the matter in which she acted. She didn’t seem to have a goal or a big huge motive, and when a character has that, they are automatically, 100% better. If Emma had been like, I want to go to Harvard, and therefore I study all the time and have no social life, I would have been like, okay, awesome, you’re got some depth.

Josh, the boy who made up for Emma. Learn something from Josh, people: He makes mistakes. This fact is highly known throughout the novel, and the minute a mistake happens or is referred to, the character becomes relatable.  Also, Josh has a goal, and one that if I tell you will give away an awesome part of his mistake. So I’m not telling. I still had issues with him though, simply because he didn’t just GO for what he wanted. He knew deep down what he wanted, yet he didn’t do anything.

I think that whenever writers collaborate, a big issue becomes the characters. Josh and Emma both needed more depth, in my opinion, but it’s Jay Asher’s and Carolyn Mackler’s first attempt, so I’ll cut them some slack.

The Future of Us is still awesome – don’t get me wrong. It rocks. The message behind the novel rings so true, no matter what day and age you are in: Stay in the now, not the future.

— Willa, age 14

About the Book:
Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Release Date: 11/2011