Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bookanista Review: The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler--AND A SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

I feel horrible for what an erratic blogger I've been lately, so I thought for today's Bookanista review I would reward you guys with a very special giveaway. (This ARC is signed by BOTH authors!) But before I get to that, I have to gush a little (okay, a lot) about the fabulously awesome book: THE FUTURE OF US, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

Behold the cover (which I happen to think is particularly perfect!)

And here's how the publisher describes it:

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

Okay--how insanely cool is that premise? 

I mean, I was sold by the whole: written by JAY ASHER and CAROLYN MACKLER thing (love love LOVE their books!). But when I read that blurb I was like, okay, I HAVE to read this book. So I didn't care that the line at ALA for the ARC was so absurdly long it took almost two hours of my day. I happily (okay, fine...there might have been a *tiny* bit of whining going on) waited for my chance to grab my copy and meet the uber-awesome authors:

And when I got home you can bet it was the first ARC I dove into.

So with all that anticipation and expectation you're probably wondering: was it worth it? And the answer is a resounding: YES.

It's different from Asher and Mackler's other books--but that's how it SHOULD be. After all--they wrote their other books as solo efforts. Combining their talents should affect the way they tell the story. It's also a lot lighter than THIRTEEN REASONS WHY--which is also a good thing. With this kind of premise, it wouldn't work if the book were so serious and intense. Instead, the book is exactly what it should be: a happy marriage of two incredibly talented authors with a page turning plot, a ton of awesome moments, and a whole lot of fun. 

And while I have no doubt that teens are going to go totally nutso for the story and characters, I think this is one of those YAs with HUGE adult crossover potential. The book is littered with 90s references that only those of us who grew up in the decade can truly appreciate. And the concept itself is very adult relavent: analyzing the choices we make--even small ones--and considering the ripple effect they can have on our future happiness (or unhappiness). Plus, who doesn't wonder what our teen selves would think of how we turned out?

Obviously I HIGHLY recommend you pick up a copy when the book is released. But sadly, it doesn't come out until November. Which is why it's SO HARD to part with my lovely, signed ARC. (Did I mention it's signed by BOTH authors????) But you guys deserve it. (sigh--why do you have to be so awesome?) I'm giving my copy away to one lucky commenter.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by Saturday, August 6th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, August 7th. International entries welcome. And since I know some of you might want a better chance to win, I'm going to make this a contest where I allow extra entries. I'll give one extra entry if you blog, tweet, or post on FB about this contest (so if you do all three you would have a maximum of four entries total). Just let me know what you did in your comment so I can credit you.


For more book love, check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are talking about today:

Elana Johnson points you to Human.4
LiLa Roecker glories in The Goddess Test
Christine Fonseca is impressed with Imaginary Girls
Scott Tracey and Shana Silver are wild about Wildefire
Carolina Valdez Miller shivers over The Eleventh Plague--with a giveaway
Jessi Kirby celebrates A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
Stasia Ward Kehoe embraces All the Things you Are
Corrine Jackson sneaks into Sean Griswald's Head

(And if you like contests, you *might* want to come back tomorrow too. Just sayin') 


  1. Oh, I want a copy of this book! :D Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. <3
    Love, Carina ~

  2. Ooh, sounds awesome! Would love to read it. :)

  3. i found out about this book, like, ages ago on Goodreads, and i've been REALLY excited for it ever since!

    i'd love to win a copy, what with that awesome glowing review of yours! :)

  4. I would love to win the book!

  5. I'd love to win. It sounds awesome. I posted about this on Facebook.

  6. Pick me! Pick Me! ::jumps up and down with hand raised::

    Ok, I'm fine now. :)

    krisasselin (at) yahoo (dot) com

    I'm going to tweet it...

  7. I've been patiently waiting for this book to come out - an ARC would be great! I just discovered your blog and am now a follower. Thanks for the contest opportunity!

  8. I'm really looking forward to this book. THanks for the chance for an early copy!
    posted to fb:
    follow the blog: Bwyatt

  9. I'd love to read this book!!/mermaidvisions/status/96561999097511936
    I also posted to FB. :D

  10. i can't wait to read this!!


  11. I am fascinated by books where a character gets a glimpse of the future.

    And with these two authors at the helm...this book can only be fantastic!


  12. Would love to read that! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  14. I was already really excited for The Future of Us, but your review's made me even more excited! Thanks for the review and the awesome giveaway. :)


  15. This book looks great. It's already on my wish list. I'd love to win it.

  16. I really, really want to read this book! I love Jay Asher's writing but I haven't read anything by Carolyn Mckler yet!

  17. I love the concept of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  18. This looks like such a great read! Please drop my name in the hat!!

    mrs.which (at)

  19. I've been wanting to read this :)
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!


    Facebook post:

  20. Thanks for sharing the book love with your readers! This is one of the books I'm really looking forward to reading (and sharing with my students).

    Tweeted about the giveaway:!/heisereads/status/96611312494329857

    heiseread [at] gmail[dot]com

  21. Thanks for this! I tweeted @peachandblue :] This book is pretty good. :]

  22. Sounds like such a great read!!

    sarapogue at hotmail

  23. It sounds great! I love Jay Asher's writing style. :P

  24. Sounds so cool! I love the 90s!

  25. This one sounds like a lot of fun! Love that there's crossover appeal to adults :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! I tweeted here:


  26. ohhh! A new book to read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Love the premise! Thanks for the giveaway!


  28. All right! I ADORED 13 Reasons.. I would love to read this! Please pick me!

    ~isamlq (sassyreads)

  29. I'd love to read this one!

    Follower via GFC as GABY

    magabygc at

  30. I'd love to read this!!! You're so lucky! :)

    GFC follower - taz


  31. I would love to win this

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

  32. That sounds like a really cool book! How come you're always the one who makes me read the most awesome books?!

    Anyway, count me in for that contest! I'd really like to read it :)

  33. So excited to read this one! I've been waiting until a little closer to its release, but may have to bump it up. Great review, as always!

  34. Lucky you!!
    GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  35. OMG, I'm so excited for this book - love the concept! Thanks Shannon!

    I tweeted (ShannonLovell2), facebooked and blogged = +4

  36. It's signed by both of them!!! I definitely need to get my hands on this book.



    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  37. Super Excited for this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  38. This is top of my list to read! I would love the ARC. I will put it on Facebook and Tweet it as well! Thanks Shannon!


  39. I love Jay Asher. He is amazing and I love reading. Sometimes I would rather be with a 100 books than 100 people. Books have helped me so much. and when I heard about this book I fell in love with it I would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!


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  41. Wow, this book sounds incredible -- and both authors already are!!/clearxxeyes/status/96658822608859136

  42. I am DYING to read this one. I even had a dream about it! I actually graduated high school in 96, so I have a feeling I'm really going to love it.

  43. I can't wait to read this book and would love to win a copy! Thanks for having this contest!

  44. Hope to win! so excited for this book!

  45. comment....
    lame attempt, but that's what that is. I adored Thirteen Reasons Why, and I'll have to look into Carolyn Mackler's writing.

  46. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. With those two authors involved, it has to be awesome!


  47. This book looks amazing!!!

    Please enter me in and thank you for the giveaway.

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  48. I follow via GFC and would love to get this book!


  49. So kind of you to share your flippin' singed ARC with us :) you're the BEST! please count me in, i'm an old follower!


  50. Wow, I really want this book :D I'm an old follower!

    rachristiansen (at) live (dot) ca

  51. I can't believe you'd part with this. You so rock!

  52. I am so excited to read this book . . . would love not to have to wait until the pub date.

  53. You always have the best giveaways, Shannon!

  54. I am SO excited to read this book. Thanks for being so kind by giving your copy away! :)

  55. Ahh, it sounds so good! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  56. You're so lucky you got to meet the authors! I really want to read this so thank you for the giveaway! :)


    entrelibros_blog at hotmail dot com

  57. i would love to read this!

    thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!:)

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  58. looooved to read this plus your review!!!
    instant impatience!!!

  59. I'd love to play please.

    GFC follower.


  60. Man, do I ever want to read this one. The autographs are exciting, but what about the whole avoiding-the-wait-for-November thing? That, please!

  61. What a coooooool concept! thanks for the giveaway.

  62. Cool ~ :) I'll throw my hat in on this one, too. Thanks!

  63. This book is at the top of my to-read list. I am dying to get my hands on it, whining about its November release date. Your positive comments only made it that much harder to wait!

    Thanks for the contest!


  64. +JMJ+

    It sounds FANTASTIC! I still remember my (slightly pathetic) 90s self and know she would be fascinated--if not necessarily too pleased--by the woman I've turned out to be. It sounds funny, bittersweet and insightful.

    Thanks for being so generous about offering this signed ARC, Shannon. Please enter me! =)

  65. I just read Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. I'm totally stoked for this new novel. I can't wait to read The Future of Us. Though, the November release date stinks.

    I tweeted about the contest too:!/aashhleey/status/97042136914067456


  66. I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC name:Erinberry

  67. I'd love to read this! IT sounds awesome! Thanks! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com

  68. Im dying to read it!!!!
    Count me in!!!! and thanks!!!

    +1 Tweet:

    -Mariana S
    sarima89 AT gmail DOT com

  69. I can't wait for this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower and I Tweeted!

  70. The Furute of Us sounds really interesting and awesome! :) Thanks for the giveaway.

    +1 tweet:!/FreakChiq/status/97739578999451649


  71. Yay-ness!!! The premise of this book hooked me when I first heard about it, and I can't wait to read. :) Count me in!!!!

  72. One book with TWO awesome authors? I'm in! I'd love to win!


  73. Yes, yes, YES! I want to read this one SO bad!

  74. I am so excited for this book, thank you for this amazing giveaway!!


  75. SO looking forward to this book, thank you for this giveaway!

  76. Wow, another amazing giveaway - you rock.

  77. I am so excited about this book. Totally awesome giveaway. Thanks!

    Great Giveaway
    jennlovesed14 at gmail

  79. Thanks for the giveaway!
    teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

  80. This may be the give away of the year!!! Thanks for sharing!



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