Rookie: Yearbook One - Sassy's second coming

Rookie: Yearbook One is the first book-length anthology of Rookie magazine, spun out of Style Rookie.

By Cory Doctorow

Rookie: Yearbook One is the first book-length anthology of Rookie magazine, spun out of Style Rookie, a fashion, culture and lifestyle site started by Tavi Gevinson when she was 11 years old. Rookie is a kind of spiritual descendant of the late, lamented Sassy magazine, which tried to do for teen girls' publishing what Ms did for women's periodicals in the 1970s. Gevinson and her co-conspirators are talented and insightful writers with authentic voices, keen eyes and lots to say. Their layouts are daring and fun, the subject matter varied, and the approach runs a gamut from whimsical to deadly serious.

Rookie: Yearbook One is a beautifully produced book, with lots of fun bonuses bound into it (including a flexidisc!). Ira Glass is a kind of mentor to Gevinson, and if you like his work, you'll recognize his influence on her's. But despite all the heavy hitting adults in her orbit, Gevinson's editorial direction is clearly of her own making. This is the kind of magazine I dream of giving to my own daughter some day. The anthology is the perfect gift for the smart young women in your life.

Angelenos can meet Gevinson and friends at a series of events next week, on November 9-10.

Rookie: Yearbook One

Click below for some samples from the book, courtesy of Drawn and Quarterly and Raincoast books.

Published 6:07 am Wed, Oct 31, 2012

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About the Author

I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the arts and the Internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

4 Responses to “Rookie: Yearbook One - Sassy's second coming”

  1. Ryan_T_H says:

    Correction. The third sample (‘Hands Off’) also links to the larger version of the second sample.

  2. gloriana232 says:

    Their “Ask a Grown Man” (or thereabouts) series is a fave. 

  3. Frederick Wells says:

    isn’t this a anthology from not or at least you never provide any links to that.