by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. (Goodreads)
This is one of those stories that is so incredibly good that you simply can't put it down! Loved the whole idea of seeing your future via Facebook posts! And how the smallest little thing can have huge ramifications on your future. Who knew that making a simple declaration would change who you would marry or where you would live? Emma doesn't want to live in Ohio? Done! Fascinating concept!
Really enjoyed how the chapters alternated between Emma and Josh, giving us their viewpoints as well as some of their Facebook posts. Facebook is such a normal part of life now that you forget how strange it would seem to someone from 1996.
Emma and Josh are both well drawn characters and I liked them both. While I was happy that Josh's future seemed to turn out great, I admit to being worried about Emma and her future(s). I understand how she would want to change what she perceived as an unhappy fate, but Josh was right in pointing out that it wasn't a game. The smallest little ripple could change everything, including future children! A little scary if you think about it! But would I be able to resist trying to change things? Probably not!
Gave this one a 5/5 as once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I really liked the characters, the plot was fascinating, it was well paced and well-written, and I really really loved everything about it! Can't wait to read more by these authors and have already added their previous books to my wishlist! Definitely a must read!
ARC received from BEA