Title: The Futures
Author: Anna Pitoniak
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
From Lee Boudreaux: Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia–blond, beautiful, and rich–fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.
With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work–a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of life. As the economy craters, and as Evan and Julia spin into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more–good and bad–than they’d ever imagined.
My Review: THE FUTURES brilliantly weaves together a story about first careers, young love and the financial crisis of 2008. I listened to the audiobook in two days which was highly addictive and so, so good! Each chapter alternates between Evan and Julia’s perspectives told with honesty and naivety as they come of age.
Evan and Julia are fresh out of Yale and heading to New York City where Evan will join a prestigious hedge fund and Julia settles for a non profit assistant position thanks to her family’s connections. Growing up in a modest family in small town British Columbia Evan earned his way to Yale on a hockey scholarship. Meanwhile, Julia had every advantage as part of Boston’s elite. I love the idea of Evan and Julia as a couple. They are young, in love, and exude youth and vibrancy, the kind of couple everyone wants to be like. But their storybook romance takes a turn when Evan gets caught in the crosshairs of the financial crisis at work jeopardizing both his career and relationship with Julia.
THE FUTURES is an amazing debut novel brimming with rich characters, an engaging plot, and many relatable themes. I highly recommend this book for a quick end of summer read.