Read: "The Future For Curious People"
I'm feeling like a read-a-holic lately: my new commute adds about an hour of sitting on a ferry to my day, so I've been reading lots of found-for-free books. Some of them are older, but I will still share reviews of my favorite ones, here.
The Future For Curious People by Gregory Sherl, recently stole my heart:
This book starts by asking this very intriguing question: If you could see your future with someone, would you want to? It follows Evelyn and Godfrey as they, nearing that weird part of relationships in your youth where you either see them going on forever, or, instead, not at all, grapple with this question. How do relationships play out when you can predict their future? Would you want to? What does a future good-relationship look like? And, most of all, can you 'make sure' you're meant for a future with someone, first? Godfrey's girlfriend Madge wants to before she accepts his proposal, and it sends his world into a bit of a spiral of self-doubt.
Does an ideal future involve arguing over cheese, like the one Evelyn and her boyfriend are shown? After which, she becomes somewhat obsessed over endings: with seeing and shaping what the future might hold for her (and a few classic novels). Godfrey, on the other hand, is kind of a skeptic - about love, about envisioning - but finds himself drawn to a future that hasn't even happened yet. Touted as "a love story for anyone who's ever wondered if they're with The One, or The One Before Last", it's delightful and all-consuming to follow such relatable characters on their journeys to find love that will last the test of time. But, user beware - in the case of true love, system failures can occur.
"'You can't keep your eye on the distant horizon. It's disorienting.'...
'Technically, the horizon's very orienting, if you're lost. Isn't it?'..." (104)
This book was a feast for my fate-loving self. Sherl creates loveable, flawed characters that are so relatable, so human, so full of real quirks, that you will see bits of your twenty-year-old self in both all of the characters. It's full of a comforting ordinariness - other than the fact that, oh yeah, you can look into your future love-life with an envisioning machine. This little twist adds some big questions to the equation: Is there such thing as intuition? As fate? And if you could see into the future, would you? Should you? And what do you expect you'd see? As Godfrey and Evelyn grapple with these questions, you begin to question your own expectations for the future. And, although it does play into that kind of destructive fairytale idea that two people are destined to be together (which I don't necessarily believe), most of us like to wonder about that dreamy idea from time to time. This is like that, but with real life sprinkled all over it. It's full of the happy, surprising, serendipitous moments that bring two people together (which you as a reader are privy to and can piece together before the characters do: a favorite for me), and it will make you believe, or at least wonder about fate.
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