Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RookieMag: Getting Over Girl Hate

I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to Rookie, an online magazine that launched this month and is run by a ton of kick-butt ladies.

The goal? "Rookie is a place to make the best of the beautiful pain and cringe-worthy awkwardness of being an adolescent girl."

Um, heck yes. It's an online magazine for by a teen. The editor-in-chief is 16-year-old Tavi Gevinson, the blogger behind Style Rookie. Don't know Tavi? Think Anna from Anna and the French Kiss. Tavi started her own fashion blog at the age of 13, featuring her daily outfits, thoughts and beautiful writing. Now, she's the darling of Vogue and has Interwebs followers galore.

Bonus: The "fairy godmother" of the website is Jane Pratt, the founding editor of Sassy and Jane, so you know it's gonna be good.

Check out today's post from Tavi on girl-on-girl hate...

SERIOUSLY! And you know I love it because this is an issue that's especially prevalent in YA literature. Why does everyone always have to backstab and hate?

So, let's hear it for the LOYAL literary girl friends, who set a really positive example for teen readers and needed to be applauded. A few suggested examples from my Twitter friends (including some repeats so you KNOW they're good!)...

  • thebookcellarx: Vee from Hush Hush
  • ohjellybean: Jessica and Hope from the Jessica Darling series, Scarlett and Halley from Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, Morgan and Isabel from Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, Rose & Lissa from Vampire Academy
  • MarissaOdom: Megan from Shade & Shift by @jsmithready Tess from Dreaming Anastasia & Haunted by @joypreble
  • likepenguins: traveling pants? They never backstab.
  • kfarlie: the girls from sisterhood of the traveling pants
  • GReadsBooks: Victoria from Audrey, Wait! Dare I say the obvious? Hope from the Jessica Darling series.
  • La_demoiselle: Vee from the Hush, Hush series
  • yacrush: I love Tina Hakim Babe from the Princess Diaries series. Best buddy ever!
  • makeshiftjen: Megan from the Shade/Shift series!
  • ExLibris_Kate: the best friend in Hourglass & Starcrossed. Crave also had a very loyal BFF
  • NatzKerr: rose and lissa in VA.... :)

Leave me a comment with your favorite empowering female friendship from literature and be sure to check out Rookie!

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. Sophie Mercer and Jenna from Hex Hall are good ones :)

  2. Oh I love this post! Hooray for the awesome BFFs in YA lit :-)

    (not sure about Vee though - she made some dumb mistakes, in my opinion. But I guess we're all human right?)

  3. This is awesome! I love that a teen has done something like this.

  4. I agree with Ginger to an extent - yeah, Vee made dumb mistakes, but she was pretty much always there for Nora. And that's the point, right?

    I totally agree with the girls from Sarah Dessen's books, and would go on to say that most of the girls in her books are good friends for each other.

  5. What a great venture. We've heard that poor Tavi has taken a lot of heat, and it's wonderful that she's not letting it get her down -- in fact, that she's using it as fuel to help other young women. How inspiring. Thanks for sharing the news, and for relating it back to books!

    The best friend in If I Stay was great.

  6. I've been racking my brain for this since yesterday. I think Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen should be added to your list. There is one minor scene in the beginning that has some girl on girl hate but the rest of the novel stresses the importance of not participating in girl on girl hate. And the characters learn that lesson. Kind of a long winded way to say that I think it should be included or considered in the list.

    I also though of you tonight during book club. There are perhaps 10 women or so ranging in age from 20s-60's and there is no catty behavior or competition. It makes me proud, and seriously if that many women from so many stages in life can get along, why can't fictional characters do it?


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