I’ve been a steadfast follower of blogger Tavi Gevinson and her fashion/feminist escapades for years now, so perhaps I am a biased reader, but I absolutely loved Rookie Yearbook One (Drawn & Quarterly, September 2012), a massive compilation of all of Rookie Mag‘s brightest moments.
Rookie Magazine, an online magazine aimed at teenage girls, was created to address the lack of teen magazines that “respect reader’s intelligence,” as Tavi writes in the introduction. Rookie attracts more than teenagers though; Tavi and the rest of the Rookie Mag board snag interviews and essays from Joss Whedon, Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Aubrey Plaza, David Sedaris, Dan Savage, and Zooey Deschanel, among others.
Rookie Yearbook One is organized by the online magazine’s monthly themes such as secrets, transformation, and exploration. Fresh, unapologetic articles and personal stories cover movies, music, style, relationships, drugs, and general interest (for example, the “Literally the Best Thing Ever” series of articles, featuring deep-sea creatures and outer space). Two of my favorite pieces were “How to Not Care What Other People Think of You,” and “How to Approach the Person You Like Without Throwing Up,” both rife with advice that would have made my high school days easier. Fashion photo shoots and clips of style icons, movie characters, and music moguls mix with wallpaper flowers, lace, and glitter in the collage-style design. Yearbook photos, signatures, and notes fill the inside covers. And this compilation includes stickers, a plastic record of Rookie tunes, and a paper crown—what more could any burgeoning fashion icon want?