27 July 2011

Wishin' and Hopin': The Future of Us

Goodreads Blurb: "It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out."
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler is due out November 21st

I am no Spring chicken. I graduated from high school in 1995 so I remember this time very well. Therefore, I can not wait to get my hands on it and I hope I find it under my Christmas tree this December.

37 comments :

  1. I think you are a spring chicken . . .

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  2. Quite interesting. The concept is so intriguing. Sometimes I think things like this and I'm constantly amazed at how far we have come with technology.

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  3. This book sounds really great! It might be a must read! :)

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  4. I'm really excited for this one too! Great pick, Juju. :)

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  5. Ha. I graduated hs in'97 and I didn't know what the internet was until I got to college. I remember being resistant to using it LOL

    Can't wait for this one.

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  6. Graduated in 1992 but I want to read this book too.

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  7. I graduated in 96 and didn't use the Internet till I got to college. That fall I learned all about e-mail and surfed the net with Netscape Navigator :)

    This book sounds like something I'd definitely identify with.

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  8. I am around the same age and didn't use the internet till college (though a couple more tech advanced friends told me about it in high school but i had no idea what they were talking about lol.)I remember Netscape Navigator too lol! And gosh, we had to pay internet usage BY THE HOUR at home. It got expansive fast!!

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  9. I was a kid in 1996, so I wasn't allowed to use the internet until I was older. The book seems great!

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  10. Hi Juju,

    Sorry, but I am definitely no spring chicken, compared to the rest of you.

    When I left school in 1975, computers were still just a glint in someone's eye!!!

    Then along came a computer that needed a whole room to store it and a mobile phone that needed the user to carry a backpack for the battery ....and well!! the rest is history as they say!!!!!

    I might read this book, just to smile at how times have changed and how not being on a social network is such a deprivation!!

    This post made me smile, thanks.

    Yvonne

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  11. I can't wait for this one either, Juju. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why, so I will basically pick up anything Jay Asher puts out!

    And I am even less of a spring chicken! :) 1993 grad! :D

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  12. A reminiscent kind of book...intriguing...

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  13. I read a review for this book and the review thought it was awesome. It is a unique concept and I think I'll be adding this to my TBR list as well.

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  14. historical fiction from the not so distant past - right? I can't decide if that makes me feel old that I lived the history or if technology is moving so quickly that everything becomes history like the next day!

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  15. Well now...that design sound intriguing. *jots reminde to look up later *

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  16. Awesome choice Juju, I'm dying to get my hands on this one as well! Hope you find it under that tree in December:)

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  17. LOL! You're the same age as the beau, how funny! I've missed you too and I'm SO glad you liked (loved) Matched. I'll have a slice of cake and talk books with you anytime ;)

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  18. Nice pick! Anything by either Jay Asher or Carolyn Mackler is a must read for me.

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  19. Class of ’97 & pretty sure I didn’t use the internet for the first time until ’98 I’m actually about to start reading this thanks to a bloggy friend who was kind enough to let me borrow her copy. I think its gonna be great!

    Have you read Jay Asher before? This is my first time, but after all the oohing and aahing over him at ALA I’m excited to see what he’s capable of.

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  20. So excited for this. Anything from Jay Asher, I think I will read!

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  21. Wow, I think I have to have this one! I totally remember my first few times on the computer, and the AOL CDs that came every week (or so it seemed). Awesome pick!

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  22. :) Need to get this one. Sounds amazing. ;)

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  23. I like the old-fashioned-look of the cover, and the synopsis is sooo unique! Can't wait!

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  24. I know what you mean! This book is making me curious too.

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  25. We grew up dirt poor and I had a computer when I was 12. So that would have been forever ago but it was before 1996 ;)

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  26. Liz: Lucky girl! Maybe your folks were progressive. We had one briefly when I was 14 @1990 (before my folks divorced and my dad took it with him) but he never let us use it (for fear my brother or I would break the pricey computer). I remember I didn't understand it and we couldn't afford the internet.

    Hafsah: Me too!

    Penelope: Yes! Those things never stopped coming! The free trials. LOL

    Jillian & Jenny N: I've never tried either of them before.

    Christie Fiction: Oooooooooo that's awesome! I can't wait for your review! I've never tried his work before.

    Tipsy: Deal :D

    Jenny Snark: Thanks! *fingers crossed* me too!

    BookBelle: LOL yes! Though it pains me to admit that. LOL And you're right. In some ways it makes me feel old and it some ways it makes me realize it keeps spinning and happening to everyone.

    Becky: Girl you look SO good! I never ever would have guessed you're older than me.

    Fiction-books: That's awesome and your mention of the cell phones makes me think of how cool it was in 80s movies to have that giant car phone. LOL Social networking? Remember when that meant finding your phone book and calling people?

    Christa & Christina T: I remember Netscape Navigator. It was super expensive! And I too watched in awe when people used the computer back then.

    Missie: Funny right? I was the very same way.

    All: Thanks for your comments and walks down memory lane :D

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  27. oh my gosh, this sounds so COOL!! i am so adding it right now!

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  28. I graduated in '94. I remember that time period very well, too. I was so excited to have AOL! And computers were all in DOS with that black and green screen. lol This sounds like a fun book. I'm adding it to my wishlist.

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  29. Julie: OMG yes the DOS screens with their horribly slow dot matrix printers LOL :)

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  30. Huh, what an interesting premise! Sounds fun!

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  31. This is definitely one I'm picking up! Definitely because of the premise, but also because the author is in one of my writing groups. He lives in the same town as I do...funny thing, huh? I can't wait to read it and ask him a few questions afterwards.

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  32. Danielle: NO way! You know the author? How cool. You totally need to do an interview with him after you read it.

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