Review: The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

29942557The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher:Lee Bourdeaux Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Life

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Julia and Evan falls in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a Canadian logging town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia—blonde, 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 takes a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, feels unmoored and increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.

With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work—a deal that, despite the assurance of his Machiavellian boss, begins to feel more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of life. As Evan and Julia spin apart into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more—good and bad—that they’d ever dreamed, and that betrayal is easier than they ever imagined.


The message that THE FUTURES tries to convey? Life is messy, and you can’t always clean it up; some stains remain, but don’t you worry, nothing is final. You can always buy a new shirt, renovate your kitchen or find a new place to make a mess off.

In less metaphorical terms, life is unpredictable. You may think you have it good, but the next day you unexpectedly find yourself unemployed. You may believe things are never going to turn out alright, that you’re doomed, that you’ll never going to turn your life around, but that too is wrong.

Julia and Evan both graduated at Yale. You’d think going to an Ivy League would guarantee your chances at getting a job immediately after graduation (that idea was incrusted in my mind) but Julia isn’t as lucky as Evan, who lands a promising job at a hedge fund, with six numbers in his salary.

But things aren’t always as they seem. I must say I thought luck was with Evan when he landed that job, luck very few have. Though, sometimes it’s good to question such opportunities, the ‘‘too good to be true’’ ones, which is what Evan should have done from the very beginning.

He didn’t. But Evan isn’t the only one who made mistakes. Julia, too, has regrets. Things especially fall down for her when she and Evan start to slowly, but inevitably, grow apart. He’s working long hours and she’s lonely.

As much as I wanted to chide both Julia and Evan for acting so foolishly, it wouldn’t be right. They made mistakes, took wrong turns. It happens to everyone, whether we want to admit it or not. What matters is that we learn from our past experiences.

What a rollercoaster ride for the couple. The 2008 financial meltdown had a lot to do with it, unfortunately, but it’s when times are hard that we have to make sacrifices and review ourselves – what we want, what we need – and though it can be quite destructive, remember, nothing is final. We can rise above.

Thought-provoking story.

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