GUIDE TO BEING BROKE AND FABULOUS, $8, 5¼” x 7½”, copied, 36 pgs.

Julia Arredondo takes on the role of a brash and empowering older sister in this handy (and very cute looking) guide. The “Fabulous” in the title is crucial—the zine focuses less on the gritty, not-fun details (there are a couple simple recipes and some general thoughts about roommates vs. no roommates) than on the questions of cheap date activities and how to develop a rad and confident style on a tight budget. Someone needing practical information about survival, especially someone without any family support system whatsoever, will likely be better served by other resources. That person is probably not buying an eight-dollar zine anyway. That’s not to say that there isn’t some really thoughtful and valuable stuff in here, especially the sections on maintaining supportive friendships and dealing with stress. Overall, it’s a self-care/self-help zine oriented toward young people in urban areas who don’t have a lot of money. I could see this being a pretty cool resource for a lot of teenagers in general, just for the author’s tough, positive attitude. –Indiana Laub (Vice Versa Press, viceversapress.com)