March 10, 2022

BLOG TOUR: The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE RUMOR GAME by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:


Author: Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

Pub. Date: March 1, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 480

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks(audiobook), KoboTBD,, Book Depository

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All it takes is one spark to start a blaze.

At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life.

Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity, thanks to her best friend, cheer captain Cora. Then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground.

Now it’s the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted: It’s geeky Georgie, newly hot after a summer makeover, whose name is on everyone’s lips. When a rumor ignites, Georgie rockets up the school’s social hierarchy, pitting her and Cora against each other. It grants her Foxham stardom . . . but it also makes her a target.

As the rumors grow and morph, blazing like wildfire through the school’s social media, all three girls’ lives begin to unravel. But one person close to the drama has the power to stop the gossip in its tracks. The question is—do they even want to?

From Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, authors of the Tiny Pretty Things duology (now a Netflix series), comes the edge-of-your-seat social thriller everyone will be talking about.


"A juicy, elegant, absolutely flawless thriller with a twist. It's the diverse Gossip Girl we've been waiting for!"―Tiffany D. Jackson, New York Times best-selling author of Grown and White Smoke

REVIEW of The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Format: ARC (From Publisher and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books

Holy wow. Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra’s The Rumor Game reminds me why I’ve always been so hesitant to jump on the social media train and post loads of personal information online. I don’t read a lot of thrillers or mystery books, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. In retrospect, I definitely think going in with minimal expectations was beneficial to my enjoyment of the read. As I read, I found myself hooked on the thought-provoking nature of the read as well as the engaging storyline. 

The story is set at an elite school in Washington D.C., where all of the students have very high-profile parents (ambassadors, celebrity chefs, political advisors, etc.). There are three main point-of-view characters (Georgie, Cora, and Bryn), and readers are able to piece together most of the full story through their perspectives. It was intriguing how the authors wove the setting into the storyline, as the parents did play a role in some of the tension and conflicts in the book. In fact, some of the adults in the story failed the young people they were meant to help (i.e. one set of parents forced their daughter to go to “fat camp” because she was considered overweight and they were worried about the optics). That aspect made this school even more of a pressure cooker than I think it would have been normally, and it almost seemed to add a layer of political intrigue (which was very cool). 

Another interesting aspect of the book was the use of social media posts (and comments), text conversations in chat bubbles, and intermittent updates on some of the character’s social media profiles (i.e. how many followers someone had). Social media is central to this story, and as author Sona Charaipotra said in an interview for We are Bookish/NetGalley, “So much of what they do is for an audience, and, to some extent, they can’t turn it off.”

Overall, a very interesting and engaging read. A great reminder for everyone to rethink their relationship with social media (and realize how easy it is to post misinformation and “fake news” on social media sites). I look forward to reading more books by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra in the future. 

Thank you to the authors, Disney-Hyperion Books, and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for my complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciated the opportunity to read and review The Rumor Game immensely. Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed the book. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Bullying and Cyberbullying, Sexual Abuse, Assault, Weight Loss, Body Image, Fatphobia, Racism

About Dhonielle Clayton:

Dhonielle Clayton is the New York Times best-selling author of the Belles series, The Mirror: Shattered Midnight, and the coauthor of Blackout and the Tiny Pretty Things duology, now a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and president of Cake Creative, an IP story kitchen dedicated to diverse representation. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. Up next: The Marvellers, her middle grade fantasy debut. You can find her on social media @brownbookworm.

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About Sona Charaipotra:

Sona Charaipotra is the author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce, and coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, now a Netflix original series. She earned her master’s in screenwriting from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. A working journalist, Sona has held editorial roles at People, TeenPeople,, MSN, and most recently, the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog (RIP), and contributed to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. She is a former We Need Diverse Books board member, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager focused on high-concept diverse titles. Find her on the web talking about books, Bollywood movies, and chai.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE RUMOR GAME, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


For the Love of KidLit



The Reading Devil



Rajiv's Reviews

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BookHounds YA

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Lifestyle of Me


Week Two:


The book review crew

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Kait Plus Books

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Excuse Me, I’m Reading



Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

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YA Book Nerd

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Week Three:





Fyrekatz Blog



Cindy's Love of Books



Karen Dee's Book Reviews

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Confessions of a YA Reader



Fire and Ice



Lady Hawkeye

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Week Four:


boozybook blog

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The Book View

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The Girl Who Reads

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The Momma Spot

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#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog



Two Chicks on Books





Week Five:



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Two Points of Interest




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