Rookie on Love by Tavi Gevinson

Rookie on Love

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!

Details Rookie on Love

TitleRookie on Love
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Poetry, Anthologies, Romance

Reviews Rookie on Love

  • Caleb
    Been making my way through this for a few weeks now and it was just okay. I liked the message, but didn’t relate to it personally.
  • Nat
    “My memory of men is never lit up and illuminated like my memory of women.”― Marguerite DurasA single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Touching upon love in all its different variations, from “a devotional to dogs” (Durga Chew-Bose) to unrequited love to accepting your self-worth to experiencing intimate friendships with women.“Love is all around, but its holding place is not always a...
  • Pip
    Really, really enjoyed this. As expected, I got a lot more out of some essays than others. But this is a perfect collection of stories and essays for teenagers and twenty-somethings. I'll be re-reading it again for sure! Some of the essays were incredibly beautifully written, inspiring, concise and made me reflect on THINGS, MANY THINGS.
  • Sophie
    I love the Rookie books and make a point of collecting every single one. Each Rookie Yearbook promised different stories, poems, and comics about various parts of growing up, and the formatting made for an aesthetically-pleasing read. Although I was somewhat excited to see that Rookie was continuing to branch off and make new books, the format of this new book, for me, was entirely different--and kind of paling in comparison to the Rookie Yearboo...
  • Jo
    my best friend bought this book for me as a birthday/xmas present, so reading it made me think of her... hm, tbh some of these essays were hit-or-miss. my favorite ones were "centripetal force" (written by mitski!), against "love stories", and "FWD: Letter to leyb"
  • Ocean
    i LOVED the rookie yearbooks and was so excited to get this book from the library. but it's strangely boring? which really surprised me? i'm about halfway through and don't think i'm going to finish. i don't know how a collection of essays on an interesting topic written by talented writers can be so boring. is.
  • Laura
    I wish I had this book as a teenager! It’s perfect for when you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed about the meaning of platonic and romantic relationships. Through poems, illustrations, & heartfelt pieces by women of all ages “Rookie on Love” gives the reader courage & confidence to get them through the end of adolescence.
  • KatieBookQueen
    Reviewed at: is a book that really does have something to offer to everyone. A collection of works from various writers and artists, Rookie on Love is packed with a variety of recollections, observations, poems, and even comics, regarding the topic of love. Considering I focus so much on reading fiction, it was refreshing to pick this one up and enjoy something different.Despite the book revolving arou...
  • Ben Truong
    Rookie On Love is an anthology of essays, poems, comics, and interviews focusing on the many facets of love. It is a collection of approximately fifty contributions from a selected myriad authors and artists around. This collection is the exploration of love and the many aspects of love from unrequited love, to friendship, to familial love, to loving yourself, to falling in love, and so on.Perhaps my expectations for this anthology were too high,...
  • Emma Banbury
    3.5 stars, probably.Rookie is known for being age appropriate without pulling its punches and this anthology doesn't fall short. It's wonderfully diverse in form and in contributors. I had a really mixed experience with it, loving some pieces and disliking others, enjoying some for how they would have helped me as a teen. I particularly hated the conversation between Rainbow Rowell and John Green, as it kind of felt like an attempt on his part to...
  • Sophie
    RTC!!2/5/18; Full review:https://mindofabookdragon.wordpress.c...This was a really nice digestable read. It was SO RELATABLE on so many counts. I love how there were so many different people involved in the making of this book. One of my favorite pieces was the poem For Amy and other women carrying around chaos by Bassey Ikpi. I love the flow and the word choice.This was a great mix of different media. While all of it is written, there are a lot ...
  • Cassidy
    wowza. i know rookie is marketed toward teenage girls, but many of the authors were my age (21) and older and there was definitely a ton of wisdom applicable to any age. it's been YEARS since i've absolutely devoured a 250+ book in a number of days and i'm so happy to have done that with this one. the essays are short, though sometimes i wish they were longer. some were cute and funny, while others hit home harder than i anticipated. either way, ...
  • Meli
    I did both received an ARC and buy the actual book for Rookie On Love by Tavi Gevinson.This book contains a ton of short stories and poems all about Love, hence the name Rookie on Love. These are just two of the short stories and the summaries I post on them on my Blog. If you would like to see more of the summaries and read my final thoughts on this book, I will have a link posted below. "Post Cards from Apollo6" p1: A simple poem talking about ...
  • Sonaksha
    I'm guessing this is marketed towards younger women/girls, typically in their teens. But I definitely had to pick this one up because of some of the writers featured in it, and of course general Rookie love too. This is surely a lovely compilation of everything love. It features a heady mix of different kinds of love that we understand and don't as we grow, from crushes to first love to self love and sibling love. There were particular essays tha...
  • Emma
    I really, really enjoyed this book. There were a few pieces that I didn't love much, so I couldn't give this 5 stars, but the pieces that I did love I REALLY loved. I've never read a collection of stories like this, and it was so interesting to have different styles and formats all mixed in together but focusing on the same general idea (Love!) I think my favourite was "The heart attempts to clear its name" which is something I could read over an...
  • LouLou
    Please read review in its entirety at variety is the spice of life, how about spicing up your life by breaking outside your standard reading genre and venturing into something new? That's precisely what I did with Rookie on Love-- a compilation of over 40 contributors all expounding on the topic of love thru essays, poems, lyrics, illustrations, and interviews. With exhibitions from the likes of John ...
  • Maya Man
    Knew I would love this because I love Rookie, but was even better than I expected! Each essay was super different and covered a wide range of topics related in some way to love, sometimes romantic, but often not as well. Dog eared some pieces that I really enjoyed and pulled some quotes that made me really think in the best way. So many dope people’s voices in this collection! This was also great to read in chunks because all of the pieces were...
  • Sarah Hackworth
    As with any anthology, there are strong and weak points. Some of the stories (and poems and comics) hit well and really resonated with me, while others were a total miss. The final story had me so confused with its format that I didn't even finish it.Plenty can be taken from this collection about love, but don't be amazed if some points just totally miss their mark.FAVORITE: "Maybe One Day" by Shania AmolikRUNNER UPS: "Before I Started Writing Th...
  • Bella
    Such a thoughtful, well-edited collection of essays, poems, and prose about love. And, goodness, the writing!Favorite pieces: 2 AM AT THE RAMEN SHOP AND I'M TRYING TO SAY I LOVE YOU by Marina Sage CarlstroemBefore I Started Writing These Things Directly to You by Tavi Gevinson Only Shallow by Britney FrancoRadiance by Maria PopovaUnder Pressure by Victoria ChiuRecommended, without a doubt.
  • Amyleigh
    RookieMag did it again with this lovely collection on love and all its unintelligible forms. The little doodles throughout gave the book a naive and tender feel yet the writings were sophisticated and tugged at the big questions about how to be in love with your self, an other, an idea, a world.
  • Sara
    A killer first book in what I hope will be a series?! Tavi?! I love the collection of voices featured in this book and the sweet but simple layout that makes it easy for readers to engage (the pink illustrations throughout are irresistible). I was hoping for more queer voices, but maybe next time!
  • Sunny A
    Tbh I really adored quite a few of the essays included, but overall as a collection, ‘Rookie On Love’ noticeably lacked cohesion. I appreciate and saw glimmers of what it was trying to achieve but it just didn’t get there. There were some strong pieces worth reading though.
  • Jio
    I understand I am not the target audience for this but some of the essays actually resonated with me! That being said, this book is a collection of hits and misses. Favorites are: Fwd: Letter to Leyb, Self-Acceptance, and How To Confess Your Crush.
  • Allison
    “Learning how to say no means you have to learn how to set boundaries; it’s probably the most important part of self-care, and something most people never quite manage to learn.”‘YOU FIRST,’ Danielle Henderson This book was different than I thought it was going to be but it made me feel really empowered reading. I liked how each piece was a little different; some were stories, some were manifestos, some were poems and some were comics. ...
  • Natalie Daher
    So breezy, so fun, so expansive. A welcome reminder that love can take so many forms.
  • Emily Brown
    uneven but very charming
  • Teresa
    Like most anthologies, there were some gems and some duds. I read most of this but definitely had to skip some stories because they were way too pretentiously written.
  • Tom
    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you!
  • Krista
    3.5 Stars
  • Jeanette
    I liked the concept way better than the content. Felt too mean to give something this sweet only 2 stars, but I really wasn’t moved by it.