Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Release date: October, 2011
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?
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 all we got from her was her thinking about what she will do with her life and her friendship with Cady, which I thought wasn’t that deep. I liked Diego, but again he talked a lot, but did nothing. No action. All in all, the characters were missing the *guts* to actually do something about the score.
The plot was okay. It wasn’t a long read. In spite of missing some action, I wanted to read the whole story and therefore it was well written. The one thing I absolutely did not like was the ending. It was to abrupt.
Scored wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. If there was more action and romance in this story I probably would have liked it a lot more. Even though it has weak characters and an okay plot, the story was readable.