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Fab Read: How Sassy Changed My Life

Do you gals remember Sassy? Before Teen Vogue there was Sassy, a late-eighties teen mag about feminism, celebrities and girl culture. What set Sassy apart from other magazines at the time was its honest voice and too-cool attitude - although some say this blase attitude contributed to its demise in 1996.

Almost twenty years later, New York writers Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer have written a "love letter" to Sassy in their book How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, $13.

It is a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine's office culture, its coverage of feminism, celebrities and girls' problems. It also highlights struggles with advertisers, publishers, religious conservatives and other detractors.

If you missed the Sassy boat or have (foggy) fond memories, this book allows us to see where our rebel sisters and cousins were getting their advice from in the 80s heyday!

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JoyceGagnon JoyceGagnon 4 years
Gonna get this book for my 26 yr old daughter who has Asperger's syndrome; developmentally, she is around 17, so this will be a dream come true for her and, maybe, even us! Sooo glad I clicked this icon this morning! Thanks!
Stephanym Stephanym 10 years
Okay I am the only Lame-o in the history of the world who did not read this magazine, although to my credit it was on it's way out at the time I started really getting into magazines. I was a devout YM and Seventeen Magazine reader/subscriber. But I just bought the book and was reading about everything and now I totally want to go on E-bay and buy back issues! I wish I was cool as everyone else was :)
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
Wow. I don't even know about that Magazine. I would be interested in reading that though.
KWM KWM 10 years
I loved Sassy too! Sassy, YM and Seventeen brought me through my teenage years. I can't wait to read this book!
kendallina kendallina 10 years
Oh how I miss Sassy. It was one of the magazines that made me into the magazine whore that I am today. *tear*
daddio49 daddio49 10 years
Sassy was awesome - I feel like it was so much more down to earth and positive for young woman. I don't think there is anything out there like this anymore :(
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I am so excited! I started reading this magazine when I was way too young to be reading *any* teen magazine, and I still love it to this day. I still have a bunch of my back issues, too, and every so often I just have to read them all.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 10 years
Oh it was SO Sassy readers vs. YM readers back in the day... And I WAS a Sassy reader! "Well, f*** me gently with a chainsaw."
OMG sassy and seventeen subscriptions were always my christmas presents!!! wow blast from the past!
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 10 years
I LOVED SASSY, it began my magazine obsession at such a young age. I wish I kept mine too!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
HECK yes I LOVED Sassy and Teen and YM!!!! Oh I miss those days. :(
GraceKelly GraceKelly 10 years
When I was about 11, I found a box of Sassy magazines at a yard sale. For $5, I took the treasure. Since that day, I've become obsessed with magazines and a Jane Pratt follower - right into Jane. Once she left Jane, I stopped reading it. Long live Sassy! (I really should have kept those old magazines ...)
sofi sofi 10 years
Sassy was the first magazine I ever ordered. I kind of feel like I got it when it premiered as well- yikes I feel old now if that was twenty years ago.
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