Scored by Lauren McLaughlin


5 Critic Reviews

McLaughlin (Recycler, 2009, etc.) keeps the heavy, philosophical ideas married to the characters, thus preventing the story from becoming a preachy rant.


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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About Lauren McLaughlin

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Lauren McLaughlin grew up in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts. After college and a brief stint in graduate school, she spent ten "unglamorous" years writing and producing movies before abandoning her screen ambitions to write fiction full-time. Though she fondly remembers much of her time in Massachusetts-the marina, the beach, various teenage escapades-she cannot, for the life of her, remember her SAT scores, her GPA, or any of the numbers that once summed her up. You can visit her at
Published October 25, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Computers & Technology, Children's Books. Fiction
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Above average
on Sep 01 2011

McLaughlin (Recycler, 2009, etc.) keeps the heavy, philosophical ideas married to the characters, thus preventing the story from becoming a preachy rant.

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Above average
on Nov 25 2011

This book explores the themes of judgement and politics while still presenting an entertaining story that isn’t forced or preachy. Even those beyond their teens might enjoy this scarily believable story.

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Above average
on Jan 22 2012

Lauren McLaughlin does an excellent job providing the background for the idea behind SCORED, and accurately portrays a realistic approach to questioning why the world cares so much about these scores in the first place.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Oct 25 2011

McLaughlin presents a chilling but nuanced picture of conformity run amok and raises important questions about freedom of expression.

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Boing Boing

Above average
on Oct 24 2011

Scored is a book that will spark dozens of conversations -- conversations we desperately need to be having. This book is the antidote to the pointless hand-wringing about Facebook, reality TV, and the PATRIOT Act...

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