Seventeen Magazine

Magazine Info
Seventeen Magazine
Editor-in-Chief: Ann Shoket
Publisher: Hearst Corporation

First published in 1944, Seventeen Magazine is still one of the most popular periodicals for teenage girls. The magazine speaks to teenage girls and delivers the information they are likely to be interested in, including fashion and make-up tips and trends, celebrity interviews and gossip, horoscopes, and tips on how to land their dream boy.

Reader’s Annotation
Seventeen Magazine has been one of the leading magazines for teenage girls for almost 50 years. Stay up to date on the latest in celebrity information and fashion and make-up tips and trends!

Critical Evaluation
I wasn’t the most girly of teenagers, but if there is one thing I remember about high school it is the stacks of magazines like Seventeen, Sassy, and Teen Vogue that could be found around my room. While I ignored most of the fashion advice, opting for my own unique tastes, I absolutely ate up the articles and quizzes about boys, love and sex. Coming to terms with newfound hormones and feelings about boys can be overwhelming and magazines like Seventeen do teens a service by offering advice and opportunities to realize that you aren’t alone in being lost in your overwhelming teen life. While I never took much of it very seriously, it was always fun to read another perspective and give me hope that one day “Jimmy from science class” might ask me out.

Beauty and Fashion
Celebrity Gossip

Reading Level/ Interest Age

Challenge Issues

  • Sexuality

Defense options

  • Be aware of your library’s collection development policy.
  • Be familiar with the material in question, and the context of the questionable content.
  • Assert the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and standards of intellectual freedom.
  • Consult online reviews, and others who are familiar with the material.

Why Included?
Seventeen is one of the quintessential teen girl magazines and an obvious choice for any YA collection.


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