The Futures by Anna Pitoniak
Published by Penguin
Expected publication 1 June 2017
I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
A stunning debut novel set in New York City that explores a relationship from two sides. What happens when life gets in the way?
This is a story about falling in love, and of a relationship that’s falling apart.
It’s the story of a young couple, graduating from Yale and moving to New York in search of the shared future they’d always dreamed about. Of crisp morning strolls through Central Park, taxi horns and the bustle of tourists, salty hot pretzels and the glitter of Broadway and long summer days that stretch like shadows across the sidewalk.
It’s a story of high expectations and missed opportunities, of growing up, taking chances and making terrible mistakes.
This is Evan and Julia’s story.
This is a love story.
But nobody said it ends happily.
It was story that made sense.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I ended up really enjoying The Futures. For a while I wasn’t sure I was going to. I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t really like the characters and found them whiny and petulant. I’ve just graduated from Uni and I am a bright young thing and the world has not opened before me. Boo, hoo, welcome to the world. Nothing seemed to be happening, just two people drifting apart as they adjusted to life after Uni and formed their real identities. But then something happened and I started to warm to The Futures, Evan and Julia and their struggles. Life doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. I’m 36 and am unhappy aspects of my life. The turning moment for me came when Julia does something very naïve and stupid. The fallout is not what she intended but something she caused nevertheless. I started too really like The Futures after this. The Futures perfectly captures what it feels like to be caught between being a teenager and an adult when you’re a grown up but still need your Mum to give you a hug. I would recommend The Futures.