Rookie, popular e-zine for teenage girls and brainchild of teen blogger Tavi Gevinson, has steadily garnered fans since its launch in 2011. With monthly issues, the site offers engaging, cutting-edge, easily browsable material.
Rookie Yearbook Two (Drawn and Quarterly, October 2013), the second compilation of annual content, featuring goods from 2013, is just as vibrant as the first (praised by former Horn Book intern Ariel Rosen). Real-teen and high-interest-celebrity contributors such as Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Judy Blume will draw readers, and the dynamic scrapbook-like design and rich content won’t disappoint them.
Organized by month, each with a theme (such as freedom, play, mystery, and invention), the paperback volume contains personal essays, photo collages, interviews, activity suggestions, stickers, tarot cards, playlists, and more. Some highlights:
“Me and You and Everyone We Know” (“Screwing the gender binary while looking soooo cuuuute”) is a provocative photo essay that challenges gender stereotypes; each photo is paired with an insightful quote from the young model.
“On Falling Apart” is a hard-hitting, moving, deeply personal essay on one girl’s involuntary hospitalization and bipolar II diagnosis that turned out to be “a blessing” and an opportunity for her healing to begin.
“How to Get Rejected from College” offers solid, level-headed advice for teens in the midst of the dreaded, supremely stressful process.
Summing up the worthy venture’s relevance, editor-in-chief Tavi says in her welcome to readers: “In some ways it feels like a curse that we have to both feel everything extra strongly (hormones, first times, etc.) and be so habitually bored that we dwell on it all. But this time in one’s life can also be terribly special. Rookie tries to make the realistic best of it.”
Right on, girl.