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The Dos and Don'ts of Being a Third Wheel

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 23, 2013
So, you've decided it's time to get to know your best friend's SO! Or maybe you're being dragged along on a semi-date by a friend who's too nervous to go it alone. Or (horror of horrors) two of your closest friends have ... More  →
The Dos and Don'ts of Being a Third Wheel

The Worst Ways to Deal When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 16, 2013
"FALL BACK ASLEEP. NO PRESSURE. IT'S SO EASY JUST FALL BACK ASLEEP." That's your unhelpful brain screaming at you when you wake up in the night, desperately thirsty, needing to pee, and not entirely certain that your dream about eating cereal with Ke$ha wasn't real. ... More  →
The Worst Ways to Deal When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

10 Signs You Desperately Need a Snack

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 10, 2013
Your friends never take you seriously when you tell them you're literally starving, probably because you say it once every 17 minutes. But there are times when they'd be wise to guard their granola bars (and their limbs). Here are the warning signs that ... More  →
10 Signs You Desperately Need a Snack

The 5 Most Irritating People You'll Meet This Winter

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 9, 2013
As much as winter can suck, at least we're all in it together, right? Wrong. The response of your fellow humans to temperature extremes is a chilling reminder that some people are just the worst. These are the jerks who will be ... More  →
The 5 Most Irritating People You'll Meet This Winter

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Celebs

By Melissa AlbertDecember 21, 2012
We don't pretend to know what the rich and famous really want this holiday season. But we will say that you can expect a sweet Golden Globes invite if you manage to get any of these perfect presents past their stars' large and frightening handlers. ... More  →
Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Celebs

The Best Etsy Gifts for Your Secret Santa

By Melissa AlbertDecember 12, 2012
...here's a list of Secret Santa gifts for all the randoms in your life—from your classmates to that stranger in sweatpants who added his name when nobody was looking. More  →
The Best Etsy Gifts for Your Secret Santa

Name That Movie: Our New Favorite Party Game

By Melissa AlbertNovember 20, 2012
We can't say why this 1998 blurb for The Wizard of Oz (by Rick Polito) has suddenly gone viral, but we CAN say that it's pretty amazing: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up ... More  →
Name That Movie: Our New Favorite Party Game

Is this the Weirdest Soda Ever Made? + Our Best Terrible Soda Ideas

By Melissa AlbertNovember 15, 2012
Raise your hand if you've heard of the Jones Soda Holiday Pack. Now use your free hand to order us a pizza. Now back to Jones. We recently discovered this bizarre product, and now we are obsessed. Every year, Jones ... More  →
Is this the Weirdest Soda Ever Made? + Our Best Terrible Soda Ideas

These Supporting Characters Are So Awesome That They Deserve Their Own Book

By Melissa AlbertNovember 14, 2012
Just because J.K. Rowling's done (OR IS SHE?) writing about Harry Potter, boy wizard, doesn't mean the world's done hearing about him. And just because Tolkien's Arwen is a relatively slight character, it doesn't mean she hasn't inspired enough fanfics to ... More  →
These Supporting Characters Are So Awesome That They Deserve Their Own Book

Why Crushes Can Be Better Than Boyfriends

By Melissa AlbertNovember 5, 2012
We have a theory. We think the point of crushes isn’t really the possibility of dating someone in the end. Instead, we think crushes are all about creating elaborate, hilarious stalker plans with your friends, embracing the ridiculous fun of obsession, and having ... More  →
Why Crushes Can Be Better Than Boyfriends
About the Author
Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert reads books, worries about other people’s dogs (they look thirsty), and eats horrible candy for fun and profit. When not wearing her extremely tasteful Sparkitor hat, she’s an editor for the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert, or in the hot pretzel section of your local cafeteria.

Wanna contact a writer or editor? Email contribute@sparknotes.com.