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Rookie: Yearbook One [Paperback]

Tavi Gevinson
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Sept. 4 2012 Rookie Yearbook (Book 1)
Tavi Gevinson started the blog, Style Rookie, when she was 11 years old. From the confines of her bedroom in the suburbs, she wrote about personal style and chronicled the development of her own. Within two years, it averaged 50,000 hits per day and fashion designers from around the world invited Tavi to attend and write about fashion shows. Soon Tavi's interests grew beyond fashion, into culture and art and, especially, feminism. Last year when Tavi was 15, she launched ROOKIE, a website for girls like her: teenagers who are interested in fashion and beauty but also in dissecting the culture around them through a uniquely teen-girl lens. ROOKIE broke 1 million page views within its first six days. Lady Gaga called her "the future of journalism."

Tavi's cool-headed intellect shines in ROOKIE, arguably the most intelligent magazine ever made for a teen-girl audience. She writes with a humble but keen authority on such serious topics as body image, self-esteem, and first encounters with street harassment. ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE collects articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations. Among its 50-plus regular contributors (many of whom are teenage girls themselves) are Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Jon Hamm, David Sedaris, Elle Fanning, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, John Waters, Chloe Sevigny, JD Samson, Ira Glass, Aubrey Plaza, Carrie Brownstein, Paul Feig, Fred Armisen, and Winnie Holzman.

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"Though the fashion world is accustomed to both youth and eccentricity, Tavi is a rare spectacle. Seeing her moving through the scrum backstage at a fashion show, elaborately costumed and surrounded by paparazzi, brings to mind a religious procession involving a Buddhist child deity." - Lizzi Widdicombe, The New Yorker

"The future of journalism." - Lady Gaga

About the Author

Tavi Gevinson is the editor and founder of ROOKIE. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with her family and many piles of candy-bar wrappers. She attends high school, edits Rookie and sings in a band.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! Dec 14 2012
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Witty, sensitive, and smart. This book and the blog that was its foundation are a great counterpoint to the typical media aimed at teenage girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rookie: Everything That's Great About Being a Teenage Girl (and help for the stuff that isn't) Sept. 4 2012
By Erin McKean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Rookie is Sassy turned up to 11, decorated with glitter and googly eyes, and completely devoid of condescension. It is one of the few things that would make being forced back into adolescence, Freaky-Friday style, tolerable. It is lifesaving for teen girls and a completely unguilty pleasure for everyone who once was a teen girl (or who ever knew a teen girl). You should buy this book, and then you should record a heartfelt four-minute YouTube monologue about it (ukelele optional).
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Girl Should Read This Sept. 4 2012
By D. E. Dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I LOVE Rookie! It's funny. Smart. Interesting. Totally authentic, and put together by a combination of real teenage girls and women who care about girls expressing themselves. If you liked Sassy back in the day, this is an upgrade, and we've totally needed it! Buy, buy, buy! And share with everyone so they can see it and be jealous. The Rookie Yearbook is a total delight and I'm glad it's around.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you are 56 Oct. 2 2012
By SuZee - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are, like me, a 56 year old feminist, I just want you to know that you are NOT too old for this yearbook. It has great stuff--an interview with John Waters! David Sedaris! Wonderful pictures, lessons on how to bitchface, Lena Dunham, how to do mod eye make up, awesome stickers. Anna Faris has the best advice for surviving high school: Lay Low.

Oh, and lots of very bright and insightful writing by some powerful young women, women like us. No, we aren't teen age girls anymore but we will forever be trying to untangle the knot that was adolescence. Still tear up when hearing Adele's Someone Like You when you're alone in the car? Still secretly drawn to glitter? Still try on those platforms at TJ Maxx when no one is looking?

This book is for you.

And a word to the publishers, activate the "look inside" function--I think if people could see the table of contents they would get really interested.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rookie of the Year Sept. 4 2012
By David Smay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The very best source for teen writing on the internet now in easily portable, tactile, paper product book form. I saw the Rookie Road Trip when it hit San Francisco and it was the most heartening thing to see these girls find each other. What an explosion of color and style and personality. The writing is smart, sharp, lively and personal. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Handbook for the Angsty Teen Girl Sept. 18 2012
By Joanna - Published on Amazon.com
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For the year that it has been in existence, Rookie has pretty much been my bible. It's as close as you can get to having a bunch of really cool and experienced people give you advice in person. The print format takes the best articles from Rookie's September 2011 to May 2012 issues and compiles them together with a bunch of additional goodies. This is not your ordinary teen magazine, topics covered can reach from outer space to Saved by the Bell to advice on dating and sex. Articles concerning the 'perfect bikini body' or '10 steps to make him notice you' are nowhere to be found here, instead Rookie tackles these issues head-on and analyzes why teen girls stress about those subjects anyway. Each article can be read several time without getting boring, especially the more personal recollections.
In addition to the fantastic writing, Rookie also has an impeccable eye for design. The Photography is always incredible and creative. Fashion and Makeup are covered in a fun way with confidence being the only requirement. The new layouts made especially for the book are also incredibly stylish without detracting from the text.
Probably the best thing about having Rookie in physical format is that now I can carry it with me and secretly read it in class while pretending to do homework, just what I need to get me through high school.
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