Scored by Lauren McLaughlin

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  Scored

Author:  Lauren McLaughlin

Collection:  Teen Books

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 is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend’s score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily forseeable future.

The dystopian world depicted in Scored is captivating and chilling at times, yet familiar enough to be believable.  The reasons and arguments about why the score came to be are plausible and thought-provoking.  But what really sells the book as a good read is what all good books have in common:  characters placed in situations that challenge our assumptions and create an emotional connection to them and their welfare.

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