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8 smart, sassy, and sophisticated gifts for every teen on your list.

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The Future of Us

By Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Ages: 12 and up

Here's a book for the Facebook generation, set in 1996 when Mark Zuckerberg was just a brainy tween. High school classmates Emma and Josh were best friends until an awkward romantic moment introduced a new tension between them, changing everything. Then Josh receives a free CD-ROM in the mail and shares it with Emma, thereby automatically logging both onto each other's Facebook page. The catch is that  Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Their respective pages reflect their lives 15 years in the future. The chapters alternate between Emma's and Josh's perspectives, as both grapple with the discovery that choices they make in the present can have far-reaching consequences for the future.

Bottom line: The Future of Us is an insightful glimpse at the present for teens of all ages — just be prepared to explain what life was like before the Internet and Ipod.