It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives.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.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.
I loved Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why, and when I read the synopsis for this, I knew it was going to be interesting no matter what. From the duel perspective of Emma and Josh, this makes for a fun read that I would recommend for people who grew up in 90s. I did think that there were some unnecessary bits of information in this book simply for more 90s stuff, but it was okay. It kind of worked, actually. Just a note, this is not a deep, emotional read like 13 Reasons Why. It’s a much lighter, more fun read.
Time travel has always been a really touchy subject for me. I hate it when I find loopholes in the story that make no sense. However, Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler did a good job of covering a lot of different loopholes. I was impressed by how they handled Emma and Josh as well. It’s interesting to see the new developments in their lives–in the present, past and future. Especially with seeing their futures through Facebook, their lives and insights change.
I didn’t like some of the characters, especially Kellen and Emma. By far Josh was my favorite in this book. Emma comes off as selfish and self-centered, even though she seems like a good person underneath. She doesn’t really know what she wants. But then again–who can blame her? She’s finding out her future, after all. It really bothered me though, how much these characters didn’t change throughout the book. Sometimes it’s okay, it works, if the character doesn’t change. It didn’t really work here for me.
There’s crisis and then there’s conflict. Conflict is long standing. It shows the reader the true character of the well, character, by putting them through a situation that will effectively and mercilessly tear them apart until they make the decision and a lot of times long after they make the decision. Conflict is an argument, a battle with yourself or others, the choice to save one person but not another. Crisis is simply an emergency, a bad situation. It’s easier for beginning authors to write crisis, but not conflict. Conflict is one of the best ways to show the reader about your character. Crisis is a good way to solve a problem. My deal with this book is that there’s whole lot of crisis and not a whole lot of conflict.
I was really pleased with the ending of this book. I think the thing I hate most is when a writer spends the whole book making you love everyone and love everything and then just come out with the worst ending ever. Joelle Charbonneau did that with the Testing. I didn’t really love that book though, to be honest…but that’s a whole other review! I would give this book three stars. It’s a fairly fast-paced read. I don’t know how tweens will react to this book, but I’d highly recommend it for 90s kids and older teens. It’s one of those where, most of the time, you either love it or you hate it.
pg count for the hardcover: 356