It's that time again for another review. I'm doing a spoiler free review on Rookie On Love edited by Tavi Gevinson. Since it's spoiler free, you don't need to read the book to listen to my thoughts. This post is NOT sponsored by the publisher, I received this book for review.
What's it about?
A single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!
A VISIONARY AUTHOR WITH AN EVER-GROWING PLATFORM
Rookie's editor-in-chief, Tavi Gevinson, is an incredible advocate for her books. She's very much a star in her own right, as a cultural icon/influencer and more recently an actress. She's a media darling, very well connected, and always willing to use the full power of her iPhone contacts to help sell books.
A POSITIVE MEDIA OUTLET FOR TEENS
Rookie gives voice to girls, encouraging them to speak up, to meet up, to make stuff. It empowers them to submit their stories, ideas, and artwork to the site and participate in media rather than letting it control them. It's a positive, supportive environment where many have felt comfortable sharing intimate details of their inner lives, particularly when it comes to love.
Who Edited It?
Tavi Gevinson is the editor-in-chief and founder of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls. Tavi's career in media began when she created the blog Style Rookie in 2008 at age eleven. She was profiled by The New Yorker in
2010, and in 2011, at fifteen, launched Rookie. Six days after its debut, Rookie received
more than one million pageviews. Tavi has since spoken at TEDxTeen, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, The New Yorker Festival,
the Commonwealth Club of California, the University of Wisconsin's
Distinguished Lecture Series, the Brooklyn Museum, the Melbourne Writers
Festival, and The Economist's The World in 2011. Tavi is also an actress, having starred in Kenneth Lonergan's
Tony-nominated This Is Our Youth, Ivo van Hove's revival of The Crucible as Mary Warren, and most recently Stephen Karam's revival of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and the Sundance darling Human People.
What's My Review?I give Rookie On Love 4/5 stars. It was a solid read and definitely had some words that will stick with me for a while. I really enjoyed the message and what it had to bring to readers and how it portrayed those meanings.
If I was younger I would've given it a higher rating because it would've been more relevant to my life. What I liked a lot abut it was that it's meant to share one thing for young readers and that is LOVE.
In the story there was a poem that really stuck with me and it's called "Afraid Of Love". What i liked so much about this story is that it really gives you insight to back when you were younger and you've been hurt so many times. Whether that would've been in high school or even middle school. It just helps you feel identified. Which is one thing we all want.
"it's not that i don't love you, it's that i don't want to hurt you."