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cover94524-mediumThe Futures, by Anna Pitoniak
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Penguin UK / Michael Joseph


This is a story of a relationship that falls apart. A story of heartbreak and betrayal.

It is the story of a young couple who graduate from Yale in 2008, just as the financial crisis begins and there are no jobs for graduates. It is a story of their new start together in New York City and their tentative first steps into adulthood. It is a story of growing up and taking chances and making terrible mistakes.

This is Evan and Julia’s story.

This is a love story.


My thoughts: 

4 stars out of 5

‘The Futures’ follows the story of Evan and Julia, a couple in their early twenties who met in college and just graduated. The story starts in 2008 as they begin their new adult lives fresh out of university, embarking on their first jobs in New York City.

It’s a really relatable moment that will resonate with many people who’ve been through that strange no-man’s-land period of time straight out of college: Evan and Julia emerge into adulthood as a couple who’ve only known life as students together. Will real life make or break their relationship? Will they grow up together or grow out of each other and apart?

Crucially, New York during the 2008 financial crash was a city on a knife edge, and Julia and Evan’s relationship soon follows suit. Both of them get embroiled in situations that take them out of their depth: Evan in the financial world, and Julia in her emotional world. Very soon, everything unravels, they both learn more about each other and themselves, and the world around them.

‘The Futures’ is effortless to read and gripping from beginning to end, combining the financial drama of the ‘The Big Short’ with the emotional engagement of a romantic drama.

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