Tonight The Blog Studio was lucky enough to attend the book launch and reading for Rookie – Yearbook One edited by Tavi Gevinson.
The book is an accumulation of the best content from rookiemag.com an online magazine that grew from Tavi Gevinson’s blog that she started at age 11. Rookie Mag is a teen bible of sorts, a counter cultural voice for all teens that don’t fit the typical mold.
The event consisted of readings by the webzines contributors on topics including stereotypes, sexuality, cliques, feminism, overcoming adversity and a performance by the cutest girl group ever “super cute”. I was fascinated that many of the writers were reading their entries off their iPhones – definitely a sign of the times.
I was a teen once and I’m positive that my writing wasn’t close to being as good as these teens – heck their writing is better than mine will ever be. I’m excited and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these talented and beautiful bloggers/writers, they are all incredibly badass cool.
The room was filled with adoring teens dressed in the best hipster gear – giggling throughout the readings and cheering at their favourite parts. Dozens of fans wearing crowns of love (a must have for all rookies – you can learn how to make one here). These teens are introspective, beautiful, vulnerable, creative and truly talented.
Special guest writer, director and producer of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham shared hilarious entries from her millennium journal, like her motto that was: “just because people don’t understand you, doesn’t mean you’re an artist.” She was gracious and fantastic giving each teen a moment of her time. With her latest pixie cut, fun energy and clever coolness her presence matched the room perfectly.
I’ve always loved that blogging leads to so many magical discoveries and opportunities: In this case a positive and smart place for teens to embrace who they are and to find support when needed.
If you want to understand what goes on in teenage minds definitely pick up a copy of the book. We especially love the work by lead artist Sonja Ahlers.