The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Congratulations to Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler on The Future of Us (Razorbill, 2011). From the promotional copy:

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—up until last November when everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets an America Online CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto Facebook…

But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet.

Josh and Emma are looking at their profiles fifteen years in the future. Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates—it’s all there. But it’s not what they expected. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present.

Cynsational Notes

Attention, Texans! Jay and Carolyn will appear today (Jan. 22) at 2 p.m. at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston and at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 23) at BookPeople in Austin.

California readers, check out the rest of their tour schedule!

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