Jane Pratt Spurns Hagiographers, Disses Atoosa

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Pratt in 2005. Photo: Getty Images

Jane Pratt can't seem to take a compliment. Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer are the authors of How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, a just-published 128-page mash note to the dearly departed title founded by the precocious Pratt in 1988. They sent a galley copy to Pratt and might have hoped for a few kind words. Didn't happen. "There has been no 'good job,' or 'I love the book,''" says Jesella. "She spoke to our editor. And she did have a bunch of [factual] changes that we eagerly changed. And then there were some matters of, um, opinion. Which we did not change." But Pratt did make one thing clear when she was interviewed for the project: She — and not former Sassy intern and Seventeen topper Atoosa Rubenstein, whom the authors dub "Jane Pratt #2" — was the younger editor-in-chief. "[Pratt] would note that she was only 24 and Atoosa was, what, 26?" said Meltzer. And another onetime Sassy editor is quoted noting that Rubenstein "was rejected for every position" she applied for at Sassy. Now you know. —Emma Pearse