How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time
How Sassy Changed My Life is a tribute to Sassy magazine, a publication for teen girls that was published from 1987 to 1994 (though most fans agree that the real Sassy ended earlier, when the magazine was sold, re-staffed, and re-designed, losing its best qualities in the process). Sassy was "a refuge from airhead teenybopper magazines" and spoke to the teens who didn't feel they fit into the ideal stereotypical vision of a teenage girl that other magazines promoted. Sassy encouraged girls to be comfortable with their unique bodies and minds, to embrace their weirdness and/or nerdiness, and to be themselves. The staff wrote in a conversational style, and readers felt that they got to know the various writers. This connection helped create the highly emotional bond many teen girls felt with Sassy. This book provides an insiders-view history of the magazine as it evolved and changed and eventually went under. Definitely a must-read for all Sassy readers from back when.