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Crazy dejavu of the 90's!
(Updated: August 25, 2012)
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I can honestly say I adored this book! The year is 1996 and the authors made it seem so realistic. They take you back to when we were all just starting to get home computers or envying over the fact that our neighbors had one and we didn't. I was born in '95 so this would have taken place when I was only a year old, but I can still feel that connection with Josh and Emma. Not just over how Facebook didn't exist, but many factors that authors Jay and Carolyn made sure to include in the story. They even throw in what I found to be a funny fact about how someone posted a status about how they feel sorry for Pluto because it was always their favorite planet and Josh and Emma are pondering about what could possibly happen to Pluto in the future. I found it funny. Not sure why, but I did. (I guess I'm just cheesy like that.) This book has some other major aspects other than Facebook. Ofcourse, you have romance. BUT it's not you're average romance, all thanks to Facebook. This book made me smile through it all. To be quite honest, although it doesn't necessarily bash Facebook, it made me want to delete mine. I know I can't see my future on it, but it made me realize how much drama really does come of it, especially during you're teen years. This book does carry an awesome story about foreseeing the future and having the ability to manipulate it, but I think it also touches on some of today's social networking issues. This book definitely earned 4.5 stars from me. Just amazing. :)
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Nice YA Contemp for New YA or Upper MG Readers
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If you haven't read Th1rteen R3asons Why, you SHOULD!!
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This was not a mind-blowing, life-changing book, but it was a page turning, compelling story firmly rooted in the reality of life in the '80's, and a great read. Nostalgic and funny, this book is a lighthearted read revolving around friendship, destiny, and the choices we make.

Emma and Josh get their first AOL disc in 1996, and once they log on, they are somehow able to login to Facebook. They can see their future on their Facebook pages and change the future just by changing little things they do in their current lives.

If you've seen THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, you might pick up on a minor theme: Can your whole world change just because you spill some water on the ground? I don't know. The jury's still out on that one.

I enjoyed this book. It took me back to 1996 through vivid description of the current events, music, movies and more. I loved the pace, and thought the characters were great. The plot was well done with lots of details interspersed throughout. Fast and fun, and apparently Warner Bros. bought the movie rights!

I'm not sure how much this book will be enjoyed by everyone, though. I personally loved it purely because it offered an opportunity to revisit my early teens, and I could totally relate to Emma and Josh. For everyone who isn't at least say 25 or 26, however, this book may not do much for you.

Recommended to everyone who grew up in the 90s as well as anyone just looking for a short, quick read with an awesome premise, that takes you back to the beginning of computer mania.

This book left me with a warm feeling afterwards. I liked that. I found this to be a great read. I hope you'll like it as well.
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