How Sassy Changed My Life

How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time. In the late ’80s and ’90s, when teen fare was homogeneous, Sassy magazine,a teen cult favorite,was the cool new kid on the block, speaking to girls on their level, giving them an in to alternative pop culture while acting as confidant and wise dispenser of advice. New York–based writers Jesella and Meltzer were part of the Sassy demographic and decided that a “love letter” to the publication was in order. The result is a behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all look at the magazine’s office culture, including sections on the glossy’s coverage of feminism, celebrity and girl culture. Struggles with advertisers, publishers, religious conservatives and other detractors are described in detail (in a very us-against-them tone), allowing insight into how editorial content was developed. Much of the book is written in a cooler-than-thou tone, often at the expense of every other teen magazine on the market and of the typical American girls who read them. This attitude arguably contributed to Sassy‘s demise in 1996. In the end, the book—written in a style reminiscent of the magazine itself—is a testament to a publication that changed the face of teen media.

Fantastic. I loved this magazine! I wish I still had some copies, I used to read them over and over and over. While I was doing my Spring cleaning, I found that I had kept the best and most impactful issue, the one with Kurt and Courtney. Never again had they posed together. I totally fell in love with them after I read this issue. Squeeeeee!!!!!!

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