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