Hey guys, and happy Valentine’s day!
Today I have a review of a very seasonally appropriate book… Rookie On Love! This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and best of all, it made me think. A book of essays and poems about love sounds like it could get old very fast, but the variety within this book was astounding! This book dealt with familial love, romantic love, platonic love, first loves, great loves, unhealthy loves, and self-love. No two pieces sounded alive, and every one was beautifully written. If that didn’t convince you, here is the blurb for this awesome book.
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.
This book impressed me on so many different levels. It had fantastic representation, giving us immigrant voices, minority voices, female voices, the voices of all different members of the LGBT+ community, and all different race, religion, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It really did cross so many lines of society, creating a rich celebration of the most human emotion: love.
(enjoy these happy otters in love)
Each piece was beautifully written, and it made me consider reading more things outside my general genre. This book combined YA, essays, short stories, graphic novels, and poetry in a way that still felt unified, even though no two pieces were the same. If you enjoy any of those genres, I highly suggest Rookie on Love. It was an eye-opening read for me, and I’m certainly going to be reading more of these authors.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂
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.