Review - Scored by Lauren McLaughlin

Title: Scored
Author: Lauren McLaughlin
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Oct 25, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages

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This book was so awesome!! I loved every minute of it. It was so cool the way it referenced the utopian books from my high school days like 1984 and Brave New World as if the new dystopian is the old utopian. It was a quick read, but very entertaining.

What would your score be if you were ranked according to the company you hold, the decisions you make and all of it was big brother caught on tape. There are kids who are scored and those who are not, those who are not will never get in to college, get a good job or live a life of stature. Those being scored can use everything to get a better score, even use each other's failings to gain more points. What if you could save someone, but hurt your score in the process, would you risk it all? What if your best friend made a decision that plummeted your score, would you disown them?

Summary -
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.

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