Book Review — The Futures

A coming of age story, The Futures introduces you to the lives of Julia and Evan — as hopeful Yale students and at the same time as twenty-two-something graduates on the slippery edge of adulthood.

In the novel, the future is a vision, a dreamy destination with a range of opportunities in numerous variations, but the thought of the future evokes a different emotion — fear.

Graduating from college amid the 2008 financial crisis is just another obstacle, which brings this uneasy relevance to our day and age. Every decade has its own struggles, once we are supposed to become adults we have to start act like it whether we’re ready or not, regardless of the politics and socio-economics. There’s no easy year to start building, to begin growing. We just have to make it somehow and wake up on the next day.

The book also explores the motive of finding oneself within a young relationship and the build up to its aftermath. As often happens in reality, people open the door to themselves through friendships and relationships, through other people. The book softly guides the reader to growing and discovering, to filling the gaps left from adolescence, patiently pointing the characters the way to get there.

The Futures is plot and character-driven in a slow motion kind of way. The writing is fresh and somehow emotionally detached maybe due to its ‘looking back in the past’ storytelling. This brings me to the point of the nonlinear narrative — I liked it, it was interesting, but often irritated when it disturbed the flow of the relevant scene. Perhaps less is more.

And since every good book makes you think beyond what’s offered, I wonder why there isn’t more on Julia’s parents’ dynamics. They were her first example of a relationship, her push to be the person she thought she had to become. The photograph of her mother played a significant moment and yet Julia never brought it up again. She never thought to ask her mother what triggered the change in her— what made her who she is now?

Rating: 4 stars

I have kindly received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company, Lee Boudreaux Books in exchange of a fair review.