The Rumor Game

Disney-Hyperion. Mar. 2022. 480p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781368014144.
Gr 10 Up–Rumors, lies, games, and the truth all culminate in a rich story of teenage drama at an elite Washington, D.C., prep school. Told in alternating narratives, the story provides readers a glimpse into the social hierarchy as the characters attempt to rise in their status and figure out where they belong. Bryn, once the most popular girl in school, is now a pariah after running a red light and injuring her ex-boyfriend and his friends. Georgie, after attending weight loss camp over the summer is working through her self-perception and her sudden rise in popularity. Cora is dealing with the aftermath of a rumor that her boyfriend is cheating on her with Georgie and is trying to be as perfect as her twin sister appears to be. As the rumors about George and Cora’s boyfriend build, it eventually reaches a tipping point where all characters must decide how to deal with the consequences of their choices. Sexual assault, online bullying, and body dysmorphia are all prevalent and not shied away from, making this book best suited to older teen readers.
VERDICT Clayton and Charaipotra deliver another great young adult read full of drama and intrigue. Give this one to fans of Tiny Pretty Things, Pretty Little Liars, and other high drama realistic fiction reads.

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