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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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Lisa Houlihan
Was it through goodreads.com 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...more
John
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
Regina
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...more
Amena
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...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
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...more
Carmel
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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...more
Karen
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...more
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...more
Johnp
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
i.
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

Congruity

Diligence

Rapport

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...more
Matt
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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,...more
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
Kristen
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...more
Nata
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
sarah
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...more
Andrea
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.
Allison
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.
Ruth
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.
Kara
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...more
Ashley (Bookaholics Anonymous)
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As much as I use to hate Dystopian books when I started reading YA awhile back now I can't get enough of them. It seems like lately that's what interests me. Maybe, I'm just burned out with paranormal right now. You know us readers can be a fickle person. :)

I started reading Scored back when I was more into the paranormal books so I only got 30 pages in and gave up. It honestly didn't seem like it was going anywhere. Now go back a couple of days from tod...more
Meg
Quick read! I really enjoyed the world created in Scored. I heard Lauren McLaughlin read at the NYC Teen Lit Festival a couple weeks ago, and I was intrigued. Imani is a fantastic character, and I think my favorite part about this book was the ability to explore her world. The concept is good ... numbers that sum us up during every part of our life, but I loved her family, her town and the dreams she had for revitalizing it with her college degree. This all seemed very real to me (as college tui...more
Ari
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I have wanted to read Scored for a really long time, and I finally got the chance last night. I built up a lot of hype for this book in my head, and I was worried that it wouldn’t be as good as I had hoped. Well, there was absolutely nothing to be worried about. This book was wonderful. I definitely loved the storyline, the characters were pretty likable, and the book was incredibly thought-provoking.

To get anywhere in this not-so-distant future, you have to have a d...more
Nina
I had high hopes for Scored. The premise of the story sounded really good and I wanted to know more about why the score was invented, if it was a bad or good thing and the society in the book.

Let’s start with the characters. Imani is a young girl, who had a high score, but because she did something her score has been spiralling down. I never came to know who Imani really was. I thought she would so something about the score, think something up (a brilliant plan) to sabotage it. Unfortunately al...more
Lucy
Scored takes place in a future not so far away, where society is under constant video surveillance. Standardized tests are a thing of the past, replaced by the watchful eyeball of ScoreCorp, who assigns a monthly score based on five elements of mental fitness. The scoring system was designed to create upward mobility to all, regardless of class. But is the trade-off worth the personal sacrifices you have to make to maintain your score?

I like this type of realistic dystopia that’s easy to envisio...more
Angie
Imani lives in a world were everything is monitored. Her town is part of a pilot program for ScoreCorp. Kids are monitored and scored throughout their school years. Their score determines what they are going to do in live. Lowbies will have a hard time finding work, middle numbers can do menial jobs, and if you are one of the lucky 90s your success is guaranteed. You get a college scholarship and a chance at a better life. Imani was a 92 but then her friend's life imploded and she is caught in t...more
Rebecca
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Gary
This was definitely thought-provoking.

Many of us are distinguished academically by scores. Your CAP, GPA, SAT and so on. Those scores determine your intelligence level and are sort of your 'gateways' to better futures, or so the meritocratic society thinks. Question is, is meritocracy without its flaws? Should scores determine your future? Your career? Your opportunities? I believe there are pros and cons.

Today, those who come from the wealthy, those who have power -- in essence, those with priv...more
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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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