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The Future of Us
The Future of Us- Hardcover Edition.jpg
First Hardcover Edition Cover
AuthorsJay Asher
Carolyn Mackler
CountryUnited States
Publication date
November 21, 2011
Media typePrint (hardback)

The Future of Us is a 2011 contemporary fiction novel written by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The novel was published on November 21, 2011 by Razorbill, a division of Penguins Young Readers Group.[1]


Josh and Emma are about to discover themselves—fifteen years in the future.

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 everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since then, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him take it to Emma so she can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto Facebook, which hasn't been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates—it's all there. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of their future, they're forced to confront what they're doing right—and wrong—in the present. They end up discovering that they have feelings for each other and eventually start a life together.


The novel has received mixed to positive reviews.[2] The film option rights for the movie version of the book has been sold to Warner Bros.[3]


Josh Templeton is a friendly, somewhat awkward redheaded kid. Emma Nelson is a friendly, more social character.


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  2. ^ "The Future of Us". Goodreads. 2019-06-03. Archived from the original on 2011-12-19.
  3. ^ "Free Book Friday Teens!". Archived from the original on 2012-01-08. Retrieved 2012-01-07.