It’s exciting for Josh to see his future self married to the hottest girl in school, a girl who has always seemed way outside his league. On the other hand, Emma’s hand, it can be pretty depressing to see your future husband cheating on you after you’ve just lost your job.
The good news for Emma is that little tweaks to the present can drastically alter the future. The bad news is nothing seems to help. The future just becomes a different kind of miserable.
The Future of Us, told in alternating viewpoints with Carolyn Mackler writing Emma and Jay Asher writing Josh, is an interesting twist on time travel. Usually the protagonist hates his life, and goes back into the past to change it. In this novel, Josh and Emma catch glimpses of a future that doesn’t yet exist, and try to mold it to their liking.
The Future of Us is recommended for ages 12 and up, and is basically a sweet high school romance with a sprinkling of science fiction.