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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    One of the best dystopian books for a teen out there

    So normally I don't read books like this but when my friend gave it to me, I figured why not? I fell in love with this book!:) Dystopian books tend not to be most teenagers favorites but I think anyone could enjoy this book! I hope they write another one it was so good! I highly recommend it, and it is great to get you in the mood to read books like 1984, a great classic!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012


    Loved it

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Would make George Orwell proud

    Somerton is a poor town; jobs have been lost since the second Great Depression when the Ponzi schemes and stock market crash left people homeless and helpless. In Somerton, however, they have found a new way of living life - they are what other people call a 'trial city.' Almost everywhere you turn in Somerton, there are small black balls (eyes) hanging from every street corner, café and in every classroom. These eyes were placed there by the Score Corporation, and they are there to watch, judge and keep score of all the students in the town. The score is received is based on many things - intelligence, social abilities, and how the subject can adapt to 'fit in' and do well in their future endeavors. The eyes don't actually 'hear' words, they are set up to read lips, study facial expressions, body movements, emotions, etc. to make sure that you're the "right" kind of person. For someone who has a high enough score, they will receive a free scholarship so that they can go on to college - the only way to do it because the parents are far too poor to further their child's education. If you are an "underscored" student, you will basically have the option of working in a mini-mart.or worse. All 'high scorers' sit together at lunch, hang out together, and stay in their "socially correct" group. If they are seen talking with someone who is underscored THEY lose points and the chance at getting the scholarships. In Somerton live two girls who have been best friends since they were little, and they made a pact that they would never give up their friendship no matter what happened with their scores. Imani is in the '90's' and has maintained her high score for a long time, but her best friend, Cady, has a very low score - and as she grows older and makes bad decisions, the score gets even lower. One day, the day of the month when the Score Charts go up so that all the students can see what their current score is, everyone starts to act very odd around Imani. It seems that almost overnight her score fell from a 92 into the basement. Why? Because the 'eye in the sky' saw her talking to Cady, and her friend then went out and began to date someone with an even lower score. Simply because Imani was 'spotted' as her friend, all her hard work has been erased. She is now shunned by the 90's group - with no hope of ever receiving her scholarship. Until.A teacher with tenure decides to offer a bright light at the end of the 'underscored' tunnel. There IS a scholarship, but in order to apply, a paper must be written that may just get Imani in even more trouble. There are significant questions that this book brings to the surface regarding 'social groups' and the way people are 'placed' into certain sectors of the world based on their actions, skin color, language, etc. Is this simply a new dystopian world that is a mirror image of the Nazi-regime? Or, is it actually exactly the path our country is currently headed down? One of the most amazing lines in this book is when the writer talks about loyalty as being a trait that people USED to think highly of - but no more. The writing is stupendous, the characters are flawless, and Miss McLaughlin has certainly made George Orwell very, very proud. Quill Says: There's nothing left to say but.READ THIS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Cover notes/Warnings: Mature language/references Review: What i

    Cover notes/Warnings: Mature language/references
    Review: What if your life was scored, not just your intellect? What if it was scored all the time, wherever you went, dependent on who you hung out with? These are the dilemmas facing Imani. Since she was eight years old, she’s been scored – and always highly. The eyes are everywhere, tracking her every move, facial expression, decision. The higher your score, the more advantages you have for college and a better job. Everyone knows their personal score as it’s posted every month. But, her best friend’s score is dropping, really dropping. Dropping to the point that Imani shouldn’t see her, talk with her, or even acknowledge she exists…but, they made a pact.

    As her friend’s life spirals out-of-control, Imani’s score is drastically lowered and she is confronted with the challenge to write a paper opposing her personal views on scoring, as well as figuring out how to bring her score back up. Thinking that offering to spy on the “unscored” students at her school will help her personal score go up, she begins collaborating with a boy named Diego. The result of collaborating is not what she expects and as she tries to find out more and more about the corporation responsible for the scoring system, she feels more isolated than ever. Her parent’s generation didn’t have to deal with scoring, except for SAT’s, GPA, and other intellectual test scores. They have no clue what it’s like to have your LIFE scored. Her own brother starts to shun her, her best friend is practically out of her life, and she can’t understand her new group of scored “friends.”

    A stunning dystopian novel that will cause a definite reaction as you realize how closely the book mirrors our current system in place. The implication that, in the future, a life can be scored for society’s betterment is indeed chilling…or is it already here? Reviewed by Valerie. Book provided by Deb Shapiro & Company. Review Originally Posted @ Romancing the Book.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    So close to home

    As a teacher, I¿m always trying to get my students to work hard. We all know that the state test scores determine so much for a student. It looks like someone finally wondered what it would be like if we went to the extreme and came up with this awesome book. Imagine a world where you are continuously watched and judged. Imani is a teenager who has bought into the whole ScoreCorp garbage. Why? She has a high score. Everything affects your scores, who you are friends with, who you date, who you work with or help in school. There is no privacy. Step out of line and you could ruin your whole life. Of course, isn¿t it funny that ScoreCorp is the one in control? Only the rich can afford to go to college. If you want a chance then your parents must agree to have you scored. Imani¿s score drops. She is paired with Diego to complete a project. Diego doesn¿t have a score because his family is filthy rich. This pairing up opens Imani¿s eyes to many things that are going on around her.

    I have to say this would be a wonderful book to read together in class. The debates that could occur would be great. I could see picking an issue from the book and using Socratic circles to discuss those issues. I guess I see it this way because I am a teacher and we see so much pressure put on teachers and students about test scores. I think this is a book that parents, teachers and students will enjoy.
    I hope there is more from this author on this topic. If not I look forward to reading more of her work.

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