In addition to discussing the inspiration for Thirteen Reasons Why, its impact on readers, and the upcoming film version, the article touches on Jay’s latest project: a collaboration with Carolyn Mackler. Titled The Future of Us, the novel is about two teens in 1996 who somehow access the Facebook profiles they will have 15 years in the future. The book won’t be out until November, but the movie adaptation rights to The Future of Us were recently acquired by Warner Bros.
While I have a hard time feeling any nostalgia for the dial-up internet of the ’90s, I’m intrigued by the premise of The Future of Us. Social media profiles are pretty skewed representations of ourselves—it’ll be interesting to see how accurately they predict the future for these characters.