Saturday, February 4, 2017

TGBC: Round 1: The Future of Us

Picked up A Little Taste of Poison, which was one of the books from my boss last year, only to discover that it's a sequel, and I don't care enough about the description to seek out and read book one, so that went to the giveaway pile, leaving me with just one book left in round one!

Title: The Future of Us
Authors: Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler
Status: Reread

Where did I acquire it?
I know I read this from the library ages ago and then bought a copy when I saw it on sale somewhere.

How long since I've read it?
I do not remember. I could do some research and find out, but that seems like a lot of work. The book was published in 2011, so sometime around then. Four or five years? It's been a while.

This is a cute book. It's built around a conceit that is never explained, they just expect you to accept, which is okay I guess, but some people might find it off putting. Basically, two teenagers in 1996 download the internet and find they can log into Facebook 15 years in the future, and they start trying to change their future lives based on what they see in status updates. It's an interesting enough conceit, but what struck me this read through was how often I felt like it was shoved down my throat that they're from 1996. I guess this counts as historical fiction, but most historical fiction I feel isn't quite so overt with the references to the time period. I don't know. It's a little thing, but it bothered me. Also, this was published five years ago, so Facebook is already pretty starkly different. I don't think this one is going to age well.

That being said, I do like the commentary this provides of unrequited love and how to maintain a friendship in the face of it.

Status after reading?
It's still cute, but cute isn't enough to keep it on my shelf. This one goes in the giveaway pile.

Books in the project: 425
Books tackled so far: 14
Books still unread: 90
Books I'm giving away: 11

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