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Book review: The Future of Us

ImageThe Future of Us

by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Young adult fiction

What if your teenage self could have seen what your life would be like as an adult? What if the future you saw was unhappy … would you try to change your destiny?

Popular young adult authors Asher and Mackler team up to create a book almost irresistible in its premise: it’s 1995, and teens Emma and Josh are exploring the internet for the first time when they run into something they’ve never heard of … something that hasn’t even been created yet. It’s Facebook, and it’s showing them their lives 15 years in the future. Who they’re married to, how many children they have, where they vacation, whether they’re happy or unhappy.

Josh is thrilled by his future with the hottest girl at school, but Emma’s future doesn’t look so rosy. When the pair discover that every choice they make in the real world has the potential to change their futures, Emma tries to see if she can improve her future self’s chance at happiness.

But it’s not that easy, and it’s driving Josh away. Is Emma willing to pay that price?

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Book review: Code Name Verity

ImageWe’ve neglected this blog over the busy summer, but we’re back now and we have plenty to share! Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting about some of our favorite books from this summer, starting with one that absolutely blew us away: Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein.

Librarians don’t like to tell people they have to read something – reading is a highly personal endeavour, after all, and the book that makes one person swoon may make another want to throw something. Our motto is: a good book is a book you enjoy. If you’re not enjoying it, it’s not the book for you, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect book for someone else.

But occasionally, a book comes along that makes us want to break this rule.

So this is why we’re daring to respectfully suggest that perhaps, maybe, possibly you might wish to consider reading Code Name Verity.

Why? What makes this book so special?

That’s a hard question to answer, because almost anything we could say about this book could be a spoiler, and this is a book where spoilers matter – really matter.

Here’s what we can tell you:

Code Name Verity is a story about the incredible bravery and indomitable spirits of a girl spy and a girl pilot during World War II. It’s about friendship and loyalty, sacrifice and love. It’s about enemies and unexpected allies, deception and truth wrapped so tightly together it’s hard to tell which is which. And if you’re anything like us, it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, terrified for the fate of the characters but unable to stop reading.

This is a story that may cause tears, but I for one wouldn’t take even one of them back.

“But I have told the truth. Isn’t that ironic? They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth.”

―  Code Name Verity

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