A world without Facebook

The Future of Us

by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Published by Simon and Schuster, 2012

The Future of Us begins in a world without social networking. Set in 1996, teenagers Josh and Emma live in a time when, according to the title page, “less than half of all American high school students had ever even used the Internet”, and of course, Facebook was yet to be invented.

Despite this, they stumble across a glimpse of the future when Emma installs AOL on her new home computer. They mysteriously come across a website called Facebook which provides them with profiles of themselves and their lives in fifteen years’ time.

Not necessarily happy with what they see, Emma and Josh are also perplexed as to why anyone would share both intimate and mundane aspects of their daily lives with the world at large. They soon realise that their slightest action or decision in the present will change their future lives as this is reflected on their Facebook profiles. Their daily teenage lives then become inexorably linked with their future adult lives, and not always successfully.

Of course, much of their future online existence deals with relationships and the intricate web of their high school romances impacts on their future Facebook profiles. Teenage girls in particular will enjoy this real life drama with its romantic web of teen angst woven into a contemporary social network fabric.

Recommended for ages 15+

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