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Rookie Yearbook One (Rookie Yearbook #1)

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  974 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The first print publication edited by Tavi Gevinson, the editor in chief of Rookie, the website for teenage girls

Tavi Gevinson started her personal blog, Style Rookie (, in 2008, when she was eleven years old. It was a place where, from the confines of her bedroom in the suburbs, she could write about personal style and chronicle the developme
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Drawn and Quarterly
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Ana Ruiz
Feb 01, 2013 Ana Ruiz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone really
Things that Rookie did for MY LIFE:

*Make my time at the toilet much more fun.
*Make of me a solid feminist with solid arguments. (I used to be just a quiet voice for equality. It sounds counterproductive, as if Rookie made of me one of those "ew boys suck" fourth graders, but what I really mean is that I now know things about women's situations that I wasn't previously aware about, such as our increased vulnerability to sexual harassment, the way many times many people judge women more violentl
In the end though, what kept me reading, what I kept not being able to get over, was this uncompromising, very specific expectation of and demand for consideration and respect. Tavi and her ladies understand what it is to be female in this culture - they embrace the girliness (to varying degrees), and they articulate very clearly how girls can enjoy their femininity while maintaining a firm grasp on the nature of true beauty. While they acknowledge that watching fashion can be a really fun hobby ...more
Oh my, almost as soon as I opened this up and started reading, I got shivery goosebumps. This is exactly what I always wanted to read as a teenager.
Lord Beardsley
So many feelings about this one, guys. I'm a 33 year-old woman, and I feel like the stuff I learned from this book has helped me for when I turn 34 in a few weeks. That being said, I wish I'd had access to this when I was 13 going-on-14 back in 1993/4, a time period which Rookie openly fetishizes (which doesn't make me feel a bit OLD at ALL…and a bit flattered as well). Girls these days have got it so good. And so bad. One half of me is super-jealous for all the access to music and culture that ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Literally the best thing ever. You should all read it, and then buy copies for everybody you know and everybody you've ever met ever. Just saying.
This book is HUUUUGE but real talk: I'll probably read it in three days.

Ok, I finished it! Like I said, this book is huge, and if you're a regular reader of Rookie you'll notice that much of the content comes directly from the site, in kind of a best-of of the first year of the website's existence. This is a good thing, as some features were especially nice to revisit (interviews with Daniel Clowes and John Waters), and much of the art and layout has been reimagined in order to be more appropria
This book is so greatttttt. I wish I could give it to my own teen self but I am so happy I can give it to other teen girls and show them that it is okay to love things and okay to be and like yourself (and that there will be times you don't, but it's okay -- you'll get through it).
May 28, 2015 Joanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
Much smarter and hipper than anything else, magazine-wise, for teenage girls. Definitely fills a void. However, it was not my void. I don't believe I have ever been or desired to be this cool, this sort of fashionable and idealistic and ambitious (the kind with a lot of self-aware pink florals in it) and frankly... now that I have recently turned thirty, I wonder if, in fact, I was ever this young.

Rookie is fantastic, don't get me wrong, I just wish there were even more choices and voices out t
Sarah SE
It’s funny—I spend my days trying to figure out how to get people to buy books, and then I go and make impulse book purchases inspired by absolutely zero of a publisher’s marketing efforts. I bought Rookie Yearbook One simply because I witnessed a young woman at a book fair (maybe 14? 15?) hugging a copy to her chest while telling her friend “I love it because it’s just so smart!” Intrigued, I then of course wandered to Drawn & Quarterly’s tent (the book’s publisher, an excellent sign), reco ...more
This collection of articles, interviews, and photo shoots from the first year of the ROOKIE website is like an opulent coffee table book for teenage girls. I felt a little guilty reading this because I'm a grown-up lady, but it's a really beautifully designed book. The gorgeous collages by Sonja Ahlers alone are worth the price of admission. Because I am a grown up I prefer the interviews and how-to and art pieces over the practical "what to do if everyone at school hates you" type articles, but ...more
Katie Jane Smyza
I would give my left boob to have had ROOKIE around when I was a teenager. I'm in my early 20s, but Rookie is still a fantastic guide to navigating your developing years as a girl.

Inside this massive, fun, beautiful tome:

- How to make a paper crown
- How to throw a punch
- Why Joni Mitchell is Literally the Best Thing Ever
- A playlist for falling in love
- A playlist for getting over a crush
- First encounters with street harassment
- How to bargain at a thrift store

If you know a te
Marino Wada
I strongly believe that "Rookie year book" is the most attractive book for girls.
First of all, there are lots of cute pictures and illustrations. This book consists of articles, interviews, illustrations, and pictures. Some of pictures are related to article like how to make up or costume ideas for some events. It is little hard to imitate, but these pictures made me want to try it. Also, it will give you much inspiration. There are many kind of pictures. For example, some are focused on school
Olivia Johnson
Jul 18, 2014 Olivia Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls of all ages
Okay so I'll start off by saying that i have never before in my life written a review for a book. So hopefully I can find a way to string together words that correctly describe how much this book means to me. I have always been a girl that reads others personal stories about something that I'm curious about so, obviously, this book was a "must read" for me. I bought this book on a trip to Oregon right before we were about to drive back home to Washington. I had seen it on tumblr and mainly, this ...more
Thea Lemaster
This is just about literally the best thing ever (haha, see what I did there?). In this composition of the best from the online magazine, Rookie Mag, various authors address so many relevant issues for teen girls everywhere today (heck, not just teen girls, women in general). Rookie is fun, smart, sassy, authentic, informative, hilarious, insightful, fluffy, yet substantial, and everything I could ever ask for bound together in a convenient book. Tavi is amazing.
Rookie Yearbook One features highlights from Rookie's first school year of existence, September 2011 to May 2012. Though I am definitely older than the intended audience (it's for teenagers; I'm 32) it was still a satisfying read. It's a mixture of advice pieces, personal essays, and other stuff from a mixture of teen and adult writers, on subjects including how to deal with a bad day, how to talk to your crush, racism, female masturbation, the male gaze, and street harassment. There are intervi ...more
I cannot wait until we order this for our library's teen room.
Here are some of my thoughts on this book (though my only complaint is the lack of plus-sized models in the yearbook. What's the deal with that?):
Jun 21, 2014 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls, teenage boys, women, men, people looking for some inspiration, basically all humans
Rookie Yearbook One is a treasure chest book full of badass intelligent writing, DIY and art that makes you want to create things and go out and be awesome. It celebrates girlhood and life and everything in between, and even if you're not a teenage girl a lot of the writing will inspire you and remind you of Very Imporant Life Lessons in the midst of the Messiness of Life. Rookie's mantra basically comes down to: you are awesome just the way you are so continue being yourself, but it is never co ...more
Carlie Lucas
I really enjoyed the layout of this book and all the things they talk about. I gave it 3 stars for multiple reasons though, 1 being that a lot didn't apply to me and I understood that going in to it but I still would have liked more voices in the book. 2. being that I felt like the articles were basically the same as I read. There were some that had me engrossed but others I felt were boring and were too dragged out. 3 being that it's more about the beginning of high school and being an 'indie' ...more
Love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love. I don't care how old you are; read Rookie all day, every day.
I still shake my head and sigh when I think of all those old issues of Sassy I threw away. This book helps. A little.
Dec 11, 2014 Jessica marked it as to-read
Rookie is so important for girls today. Tavi is a hero.
Davenport Public Library
Get this book for any teen girl you know. Tavi’s online zine, Rookie Mag, has been collecting accolades since the fifteen-year-old blogger started it from her Midwestern bedroom. Tavi has been a respected style blogger since 2008, when she began her fashion blog Style Rookie at the tender age of eleven. Since then, she’s been invited to attend and review fashion shows all over the world, but it’s not just clothes anymore; this clever writer and all-around gifted young woman has created a magazin ...more
Dec 30, 2013 SA rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
When I was the age Gevinson was when she started this, I was making 'zines by hand and mailing them to penpals around the country; I was scavenging beaten copies of literary journals and whatever "alternative" magazines I could get my hands on, furtively buying copies of Bitch and McSweeney's; poring over the ever-growing communities on the internet trying to find something I aligned with. (The definition of "alternative" in rural southern Tennessee being rather wider in those days.) But I wonde ...more
Tiffany Wong
Being the kind of person to read magazines from cover to cover, I naturally had to read Rookie Yearbook One in its, at times tedious, entirety. Some articles were undoubtly better reads, but I do appreciate the carefully approached themes rife in all of content written by intelligent, charismatic ladies. Rookie very much promotes the dynamic develoment of young women who securely approach the challenges associated with being a teenager. Even though I will soon depart this demographic, I gleaned ...more
This collection of work made me feel more like a normal teenager with normal problems than I ever have in my life. Forget that massive condescending , "The Big Book of Girl Stuff" Tavi's yearbook provides a comforting, humorous and extremely relatable and unintentional guide to the teen years. If I could I would make it a law for all girls to receive this book when they turn 13!
A 4.5. A few of the articles did not sit 100% well with me, but that's entirely personal. I also wish there were more diversity in body size with the models.
But here is something I can say for certain: Rookie is pretty amazing, and I know why it is so dear and near to the heart of so many young people (I'm 23, so I'm not exactly "old", but I'm not a "teen" anymore, either).
All around, it was a great read, and MAN OH MAN, it would have been great to have Rookie as an awkward-as-hell and angry-as-
This is an easy to read big fun loving magazine/book. Granted I'm not sitting in the age group of the target audience this is targeted for I still was able to appreciate it all. Love the small details inside it as well. From the stickers to articles and photography. Finished it quickly...going to have to try and find the second one now.
I picked this book up because for one thing, I think Tavi Gevinson is a neat girl who is going to go on to do very neat things. Secondly, I just became an aunt to a very sweet baby girl who is going to turn out to be exceedingly intelligent (I can just tell, okay?)

So naturally, she'd need some good, solid advice when she's a teenager because I know she's going to be considered different. Different and awesome. This book is all sorts of different and awesome for the creative 12-18 years-old set.
this book is absolutely incredible. i love tavi and how intellectual and go-getting (if thats a word?) she is at such a young age. this book really changed my outlook on life more than any other books i've read. i would recommend it to any girl looking for a thought-provoking read!
I've loved Rookie since I first heard about it, and this much anticipated 'yearbook' of the best blog posts of year one definitely lived up to the hype. Not only are the articles meaningful (and FUN),the book itself is beautiful and quirky and huge. I read a couple of articles before bed every night and I swear, I've had the best dreams for the past month because of it.

Again, my only regret is that when I was a teenager, I didn't have access to something like Rookie....but I did have Angela Chas
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Tavi Gevinson is an American writer, magazine editor, actress and singer. Raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Gevinson came to public attention at the age of twelve because of her fashion blog Style Rookie. By the age of fifteen, she had shifted her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion. Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine, aimed primarily at teenage girls. I ...more
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