I går var i dag i morgen
Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher
Published in English: 2011
Dansk titel: I går var i dag i Morgen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2012
Finished Reading: februar 2019
Genre: YA, Romance & Realism
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
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.
After reading the description of the book, I must say my expectations were high. It sounded too good to be true, which turned out to be the case. It’s not a bad book, I liked the whole concept the book was built upon but the drama surrounding the characters got a little too much toward the end.
Emma is in my opinion one of the shallowest main characters I’ve ever read about in my reading career. Her world revolves around hot guys for the majority of the book. Her character development is slim to nothing and she seemed goalless. If the book had had a different layout, I probably wouldn’t have had the same issue since my expectations would have been just that: A love story. Nevertheless, I expected coolness and an awesome intelligent lead character, but I ended up with this character! Her friend Kellan was just as bad a character and I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t feel any sympathy toward any of the two girls during my read.
As for the plot, I had major issues there as well. One moment Josh, the other main character, is worried about something and literally having an inner dialog of a problem for a long time, and then all of a sudden, it’s not even on his mind at all. The issue at hand isn’t mentioned for the rest of the story. Then Emma discovers a problem and wonders about it for a long time, and then toward the end of the book the problem seem to dissolve without being solved. The characters got dreams they talk about a lot and then suddenly it’s not on either of the characters minds. Talk about a bit let down. The book juggles many issues but none of them seems to get a follow-up and solved.
There were absolutely no ending to the book at all. I finished the book because I like Jay Asher but perhaps he should have written the book himself.