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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,861 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored's reluctant heroine ...more
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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My ACT score was in the 20's.
Nobody cares about that anymore.

My GPA has always been "above average"
No one wants to hear about it.

My life has been carefully controlled by grades, scores, ratings and rank since before I was even aware of it, all under the premise that if I scored well enough, the finances that I didn't have wouldn't matter. That without these scores, I was doomed to only achieve the levels my money would allow. The rich children would have better opportunities, but the well-scored
Lisa Houlihan
Was it through that I learned of this book, or did it come up in the NYT article about one-word YA titles along with Bumped and Matched? They're all the same, anyway: a near, seemingly possible future in which grades, pregnancy, or marriage is ordained by the state (or corporation; some version of The Man). The author's point is that you should read 1984 and Brave New World. There might be something else but those are the heaviest hammers.

This future world is far enough forward fo
Ben Babcock
Growing up in Canada and watching American TV shows, one becomes familiar with Americanisms that nevertheless are not applicable in Canada. For instance, two initialisms that are a big deal to American students and have no bearing on Canadians (unless we want to go to an American university): SATs and GPAs. Don’t exist here, for the most part. (Some schools require SAT-like tests for admissions, and most universities calculate a GPA statistic—but it doesn’t have the same titanic quality it takes ...more
What is ist with YA dystopia writers that they never seem to get the endings right?! Someone should open up a school for that, honestly.

OK, that was my greatest problem with the book. All in all, it's not a bad read. The main character is credible, but sometimes I'd have liked her to be either more (for the reader to identify) or less critical (so as to underline the kind of brainwashing she's been subject to). It would even have been possible to present her as hesitant, but then, some more idea
This is a very thoughtful book. Like most good science fiction, it begins with a concept. What would happen to our society if the "American Dream" died and was replaced by a ubiquitous surveillance and pattern recognition software driven meritocracy? What if participatory virtues were replaced with compliance to a greater than human intelligence nanny? McLaughlin's fascinating book explores this near future scenario through the eyes of Imani LeMonde. Imani is an intelligent high school senior wh ...more
Sandra Stiles
As a teacher, I’m always trying to get my students to work hard. We all know that the state test scores determine so much for a student. It looks like someone finally wondered what it would be like if we went to the extreme and came up with this awesome book. Imagine a world where you are continuously watched and judged. Imani is a teenager who has bought into the whole ScoreCorp garbage. Why? She has a high score. Everything affects your scores, who you are friends with, who you date, who you w ...more
This was different. Interesting, but it felt short.

This was different because the world was dystopian-in-process-ish. You might understand better if you read the book. Basically, there is this company pretty much judges you on how "good" you are, using a scoring system. The characters can only associate with people who have similar scores to you (excluding family?). Higher scores mean better chance at college scholarship. Anything bad you do pulls down your score, although it's hard to pull i
Isha K.
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Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Publication: Jan 1st 2011 by Random House Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy
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Scored. Wow, Scored is one of those Young Adult books, I believe should be put on Required Readings list in school. Not because it was well written (it was really well written by the way) or anything like that, but because it shows morality and ethics in show an interesting light. Will we take technology to far?

Scored is set in Somerton, a poor town with very little employment. The town is now a trial city for the Score Corporation. That means, nearly everyw
I have mixed feelings about this book and I wish there were half stars because I would have given this book 3.5 stars.

I read this book in one night which says something...first I have to say that this book flowed really well and so it was easy to keep reading w/out taking breaks (even though the book was just over 200pg)...

The story is a dystopian where there are cameras everywhere that record all teenagers. That's right, teenagers. The whole idea behind this story is that in this world you have
Hylary Locsin
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After the second Great Depression created an insurmountable gap between the rich and the poor, a powerful company known as Score Corp created a new system to give everyone an equal chance at going to college and achieving the American dream: the Score. From kindergarten on, children are under constant surveillance by Score Corp’s “eyeballs,” cameras that exist to monitor their actions, behavior, f
Welcome to the future. Electronic surveillance cameras (called eyeballs) are everywhere. They evaluate what you do, who you hang out with and what choices you make - everything about you effects your Score. The higher the score, the more opportunities are open to you (college, scholarships, etc). The lower your score, the more limited your options are. Imani is going strong - in the 90s! - but her association with her childhood friend Cady (who is only in the 70s) is dragging her down. Imani is ...more
Rebecca Buerkett
I am surprised I hadn't heard more about this book, as it has some very interesting concepts. It is a dystopian tale of a not too distant future, post-economic collapse. The middle class is no more and college has become unattainable for all but the uber-rich. In order to allow the lower class to become upwardly mobile, the government created "The Score". Teenagers are constantly watched by "eyeballs" placed all around their schools and towns. Specially-calibrated software ranks all of their act ...more
Sep 28, 2012 i. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers,cctv operators,
The Five Elements of Your Score

Peer Group

Impulse Control




Imagine, every single thing you do and say is scored and your future depends on your score.

This is the kind of society where Imani lives.The friends you should hang out with are the ones who have the same score as you, so you may have to say goodbye to some people along the way.

Cady has been Imani's friend for a long time and they even had a pact,but when Cady's score falls ,Imani knows she should forget about









That is the sound of your life's blood slowly but surely plummeting away, your Score dropping lower and lower. The lower you get, the more friends you lose, and the less opportunities - college, job choices, future wealth - become available to you.

In Imani Lemonde's world, the Score is at the heart of every teen and child. It is responsible for their actions, their motivations, and their choices. It regulates those who they associate with and choose not to associate with. In a way,
Um, hello?? A book that dissects class, race, and the US's screwed up educational system all in one, with a protagonist who is mixed race, all packaged as a dystopian YA? WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS. So frickin' good! And what's with the abysmal Goodreads rating? What's wrong with people?
Anne Marsh
This is one of those books I'm not quite sure what to do with. I loved the premise, I loved the hero and the heroine, and the supporting characters were intriguing. The book is on the shorter side, however, and only providing the heroine's first person point of view runs the risk of making the hero seem rather shallow (although it does lend him a nice air of mystery). The book is on the shorter side, and the length "let's talk about the philosophy of scoring vs. not scoring!" discussions between ...more
Too much junk in it for my taste. I just got like 4% into it and already there was the "b" word, the "s" word, dang a few times. A couple having pre-marital sex, talk of a boy trying to put his hands up a girls shirt...not for me.

Plus the whole score system was crazy. Cameras are watching them everywhere and based on how you acted you were scored. You only hung out with people of your same score range. If you went down in score you couldn't even talk to you "friends". Even siblings were wary of
Scored has the potential to be an amazing novel. On paper, Scored looks like the perfect YA/dystopian novel. It is set a future society whose citizens are constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. Students earn points for doing well in school, staying in the right cliques, and adhering to the law. Those who earn the highest points receive the opportunity to work in better jobs. However, McLaughlin chooses to dwell on the romance between two characters instead of taking the advantage of the w ...more
Alex Otaku
well,i picked this book up as an in-between read through my exam prep.a source of an outlet that wouldnt be too enrapturing so i could concentrate on my prep too,but i must say,this book did enrapture me at certain points.overall it's a good book.the kind that makes you think and even though it's a kind of dystopia-utopia(whichever you prefer,really) kinda genre it still feels original and most of all believable..something i've never founf in this genre.
the world of Scored is a world not far off
Patrick Di Justo
I suffer from one of the science fiction diseases, in that I believe that a SF novel about an important issue in society is ipso facto an important novel. And so this is an important novel.

In the Scored world, surveillance of teenagers is ubiquitous, and pseudointelligent algorithms score nearly all of their behaviors on a scale of how much that behavior contributes to one's "self-improvement". The thing that differentiates this from all other panopticon dystopias is that in Scored, the kids vol
The thing about Scored is that it's scarily realistic for a dystopian novel. There isn't any crazy outbreak or WWIII like most. The world isn't set into factions and the technology isn't dramatically advanced. This story borders heavily on becoming real, and that makes it terrifying.

From a young age we're bombarded with standardized testing. When we're older, we take the ACT or SAT to determine what our future holds. Our lives are filled with tests, whether they're educational or otherwise. This
The first half of this book had me hooked, but it slowly descended as it went on. The ending was what kind of sealed the 'this was average' deal for me. It ended in such a random place and I feel like there was a lot more of the story to tell, it didn't make much sense. I did like the idea behind it and it was a quick enough read for me to not be annoyed I spent time reading it. Just average, I guess.
The dystopian concept was really great, and the story pulled me along quickly. I wished that the author would have followed the consequences through more to see what happened, instead of just seeing what happened in the relationship of two specific teenagers. An enjoyable and fast read with good thoughts on which to chew.
Jan 07, 2012 Allison added it
Shelves: teen
Incredibly thought-provoking read- the dystopian element of standardized testing and constant surveillance don't seem so remote, disturbingly enough! Great dialogue and setting make for a solid, enjoyable read.
May 22, 2011 Ruth marked it as to-read
OMG WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DYSTOPIAS NOW?!?! AND I'VE READ TWO BOOKS SIMILAR TO THE SUMMARY OF THIS BOOK!! I have a looming fear that the dystopia thing is gonna be the next vampire thing. oh god.
The book had promise, and I kept holding out for it to go somewhere meaningful, but it never happened. It just kind of sputtered out and died.
Book Banshee Reviews
McLaughlin’s dystopian debut is fresh because of how real, close, and chilling the concept is. In Imani’s world, a generation removed from ours, we are all scored by an ever-present surveillance system. The score dictates everything about your life—if you can go to college, what kind of job you can get, even if you’re eligible for a job.

That hit home for me, and I liked how McLaughlin drew in current scoring conventions (the SAT and ACT, etc.) to inform the reader’s perception of the score.

I als
I don't know. A lot of people really don't like this book, but honestly, I loved it. I read it all in one day and I was sad it ended.
I loved the premise and idea of Scored. That's why it was on my to-read list for such a long time, until I could get a hold of it. It's thought-provoking and all too familiar. We, in this society, tend to be defined by scores: ACT, CAP, IQ, GPA, all these tests that "define" our potential and success. So "testing" by tracking every aspect of our lives, how we act a
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I grew up in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts. After college and a brief flirtation with anthropology I spent ten years in the film business as both a screenwriter (Hypercube, Prisoner of Love, Specimen) and producer (American Psycho, Buffalo '66, Vig, Stag, and others) before turning my attention to novels. I am the author of the teen novels, Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored, as well as the ...more
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