It’s 1996 and Emma just got the Internet. But that’s not all she got when a little site called Facebook shows up on her screen…
I listened to the audiobook of this one, and maybe because I was spoiled by The Knife of Never Letting Go I didn’t find the audiobook to be anything special. The book switches perspectives every chapter between Emma, voiced by Mary Ellen Cravens, and Josh, voiced by Steven Kaplan. This didn’t bother me, but I know some readers have issues with split narratives.
My favourite aspect of this book is probably the nostalgia element. Small things like sharing a seatbelt with a friend or disposable cameras made me miss not only the 90s but just being a kid. Getting to see the 90s clash with our current time led to both some laugh out loud moments (What the hell happens to Pluto?) and some really interesting commentary on internet use today.
I thought the description of teenagers, particularly teenagers in the 90s, was well done, but at the same time I really wish Emma had been less of a female stereotype. She was boy crazy and selfish, and yes there are teenage girls who are like that, but I don’t understand why that’s the image we need to continue to use. Even if she does mature as the story progresses.
Books with similar aspects
Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski (thanks to Grace for the rec)
P. S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
recommended to those who remember the 90s
not recommended to anyone under the age of 15 now, unless interested in seeing what it used to be like to be a teenager.
Don’t just take my word for it!
“My generation (the 20-something crowd) will definitely enjoy the throwbacks to our childhood games and experiences.” Angel@MermaidVisions
“It definitely raised some interesting points about the choices we make, why we make them and helped remind us that we don’t live in a vacuum.” Christa@HookedOnBooks
“Most relatable to those of us who can still remember the nineties, but a delightful read for anyone.” Jen@AlmostGrownUp