Book Review Wednesday: The Futures

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"The Futures" is a book I've seen around for a few years. It was always in articles of 'books to read' and I've seen it on a few blogs; the plot always interested me and I had it on my 'to read' list on Goodreads for years. Finally, a few months ago I purchased the paperback on Amazon but didn't get around to reading it until a few weeks ago.

"The Futures" is centered around a college couple, Evan and Julia, who graduate and move to New York City together. Evan goes off to work for a big financial firm while Julia doesn't really know what she wants or where she is going to work. The twists and turns of post-grad life comes at these young adults fast, and the financial crisis of 2008 comes at them even faster. Evan finds himself in hot water at work while Julia finds herself looking for fulfillment elsewhere. What will happen to the couple as they grow up and grow apart? 



What drew me into this book was the fact that it took place during one of the darkest eras of modern America, and the fact that everything Evan and Julia were feeling during their post-grad life was scarily accurate and something I could whole heartedly relate too. It was a modern millennial love story filled with tradegy, trust issues, and a lot of betrayal, on both parties.

I do think the book was very on point with the emotions of people in New York City during the housing collapse as well as finding a fulfilling job during that time. I remember what it felt like, that crippling fear when I was in high school and saw everyone around me freaking out about the recession. It made me scared for college but also gave me a bit of hope that everything would work itself out by then and I was right.

I did enjoy the book; I thought it emoted emotion well and had great character development as well as a really well written plot. I felt like by the middle of the book that I knew who the characters were and understood them... however, that doesn't mean I liked them.

Evan and Julia are the most annoying main characters I've ever read. I didn't find them even remotely interesting and honestly, they were a little annoying. I'm not sure if they were supposed to be written that way or if it's just me, but I really found them very unlikeable. I think they both knew were doing bad things but neither wanted to admit it to themselves or each other. They both did things wrong and the childish way they refused to acknowledge it made me highly annoyed.

That doesn't mean I didn't like the book because I did and I do recommend it! I think Anna, the author, got everything about millennials in 2008 correct, and how the crisis shaped the way people dealt with their issues. 

It was a long book and it might've been a few chapters too long but I don't thiknk I ever found it boring. It took me a while to read but that's not because I didn't want to read this book, I just was out on reading for a bit. 

I think if you're looking for a not so love story with a very interesting and real subplot, or want to read something that is weirdly educational and relatable, I do recommend picking up "The Futures".

What have you been reading?
xoxo
B

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