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Book review: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler’s “The Future of Us”

There is no doubt that Facebook has become one of the, if not the most, ubiquitous aspects of modern life.

Since it was created in 2004, Facebook has grown rapidly and ingratiated itself into all aspects of our online and offline lives. Want to know more about that cute guy you’ve been crushing on? Look for him on Facebook and see if you have mutual friends. Impressed by a certain company or product and want to know more about it? Like it on Facebook.

Facebook’s influence is such that its creator, Mark Zuckerberg, was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2010. He was made even more famous – or infamous – by the movie “The Social Network”, which won three Academy Awards. The highly contentious non-fiction book upon which the movie was based, Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal”, debuted at number four on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Given all that, it really should come as no surprise that in Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler’s new book, “The Future of Us”, Facebook plays a pivotal role in the lives of its two main characters. Is this going to be the Facebook novel, or will it make readers and Facebook users wish for a dislike button even more?

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