Summary: It’s 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they’ll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
I like Jay Asher – I read Thirteen Reasons Why and loved it, so why is this book so horribly, terribly written? Aside from anything else, that book dealt with serious issues in an adult way, while this one… this one’s about Facebook. But hey, I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place if I didn’t find that interesting. Even the sub-plots come across as shallow and immature, so the teenage-centric theme had no chance. All the characters seem to think about nothing but boys/girls, the Internet or parties and it does wear thin after a while.
My primary irritation was the complete and utter lack of explanation. Emma loads up the Internet on her computer for the very first time… and suddenly There Is Facebook. I know, I know – it seems like my own laptop does that 99% of the time, but at least I’m dimly aware that it’s my own fault. The not-overly-short novel doesn’t explain at any point why she can suddenly visit the Facebook of the future or how it’s shown up on only her computer. More than that, Emma doesn’t even wonder herself. After establishing that it’s not a practical joke, she isn’t even mildly interested in the fact that apparently she has Super Facebook Powers. I love dystopian novels and books about time travel, but I do like to have a reasonably feasible explanation.