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Lauren McLaughlin

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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, The Free, Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored, as well as the children's picture book series, Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective. My second picture book, Wonderful You, comes out in April 2017.

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Lauren McLaughlin Hi there. So sorry I didn't answer this sooner. I didn't even know this question and answer module existed until today. I would love to write a sequel…moreHi there. So sorry I didn't answer this sooner. I didn't even know this question and answer module existed until today. I would love to write a sequel to The Free. But right now I'm in the middle of a different, unrelated, project. The characters in The Free are still very much in my thoughts and I've often considered revisiting Barbie Santiago's story. So perhaps I'll go there next. Thanks for reading and getting in touch.(less)
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3.36 avg rating — 2,235 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Cycler (Cycler, #1)

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In the early nineties I was mugged in the South Bronx. I was 24 years old. As I stood on the subway platform, having just missed a train back to Manhattan where I lived, a man a few years older than me approached and asked if I knew what time it was. When I told him apologetically that I didn’t wear a watch, he produced a switchblade, held it up to my neck and said: “Don’t even think about scre...

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A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
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Nothing short of revelatory. Most of us already know that America's criminal justice system is unequal. But Hayes lays out the historical context of this inequality, connecting it with, among other things, a long history of excessive policing. As a w ...more
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give
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For a book with the word "hate" in the title, this story is saturated in love. Love for family, love for friends, love of community. In fact, it's the exquisite portrayal of community and the bonds among people that really sets this book apart. Don't ...more
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
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I've heard this novel referred to as "tragedy porn," and I'm afraid I agree. It's one thing to explore the psychology of abuse survival. It's quite another to invent the spectacular, multivarious, baroque forms of abuse that poor Jude experiences the ...more
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Purity by Jonathan Franzen
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Oh how I wanted to love this book, having loved (and also sort of hated) both The Corrections and Freedom. Per usual, Franzen excels at drawing exasperatingly flawed characters. The only problem here is that his characters' flaws stem not from any ps ...more
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Fear and Clothing by Cintra Wilson
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Featuring Wilson's trademark wit and humor, this road trip across American style is an absolute blast to read. Her choice of focusing on what real people wear in various regions of the country is both fresh and inspired. Though she is well grounded i ...more
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven
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What's so startling about this book is the fact that I almost bailed out of it nearly a third of the way in. I'm a finicky reader and will not persevere if a book is boring or annoying me. It was the introduction of The Prophet that started to wear o ...more
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Her by Harriet Lane
Her
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This was a truly strange and hypnotic book. A woman sees another woman whom she knew in a distant past. She decides to follow her and subtly insinuates herself into the woman's life. Why? We don't know. We only know that something happened in the pas ...more
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Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
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Beautifully written, evocative, with a tremendous sense of place. I felt cold while reading it. Are humans civilized cultural beings or wild animals driven by the same often murderous impulses as wolves? The question is asked but, refreshingly, not a ...more
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“We can say all we want about equality, but we don't believe in it. We believe in superiority and inferiority. It's in our nature to rank ourselves into status groups.”
Lauren McLaughlin, Scored

“Privacy is a modern invention.”
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“I'm all girl!!”
Lauren McLaughlin, Cycler

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