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Auntie SparkNotes: I Have Nothing in Common with My Peers

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 29, 2016
Dear Auntie, Well, I have a problem. I'm different. (Dramatic music in the background) In all seriousness, I'm have almost nothing in common with my high school peers. I don't have that much social media, I focus and care a lot about my education, and most... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Have Nothing in Common with My Peers

Auntie SparkNotes: Am I the Toxic Friend?

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 28, 2016
Dear Auntie, I’ve seen your posts about friend-breakups and toxic friendships, and I love the advice that you give about these situations. My question here is, though, what if you are (were) that toxic friend? I was blessed enough to have a wonderful mentor/semi-maternal figure in my... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Am I the Toxic Friend?

What I Learned Growing Up as the Child of Immigrants

By Ally M.July 28, 2016

Recently, my boyfriend was over at my house and asked if he could defrost some of my mom's homemade Indian cooking. I tried to get him to eat something else instead—a sandwich, some mac and cheese, but what he really wanted was the kebabs my... More  →

What I Learned Growing Up as the Child of Immigrants

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Release Is Happening This Weekend, and Barnes & Noble Is Making a Day Of It!

By ElodieJuly 27, 2016
We’re just days away from the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I am so excited I want to fling my entire self into the sun. How many days, I hear you ask? Allow me to plonk a giant countdown clock below, that we... More  →
The <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</em> Book Release Is Happening This Weekend, and Barnes & Noble Is Making a Day Of It!

SPARKNOTES EXCLUSIVE: Samira Wiley Talks About Shakespeare, Hamilton, and Her New Role In NERVE

By SparkLifeJuly 27, 2016
When I first read about Nerve, I saw it described as an "action crime techno-thriller survival film" and thought: ALL THAT, PLUS Dave Franco's cheekbones? I'M SOLD. Friends, it surpassed the hype—it's a nail-biting commentary on the consequences of taking candy from creepy strangers who watch you through your phone camera. To give you... More  →
SPARKNOTES EXCLUSIVE: Samira Wiley Talks About Shakespeare, <i>Hamilton</i>, and Her New Role In <i>NERVE</i>

Hillary Clinton Gets Nomination, Following Long Line of Boss Ladies Who Could Never Be Satisfied

By H. Alan ScottJuly 27, 2016
It took decades of public service, two presidential runs, and hundreds of online pantsuit galleries, but Hillary Clinton has done something no other woman has ever done: become the first female nominee for president of a major party. That’s huge. Or as Bernie would... More  →
Hillary Clinton Gets Nomination, Following Long Line of Boss Ladies Who Could Never Be Satisfied

Auntie SparkNotes: How Can I Get People to Accept My Older Boyfriend?

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 25, 2016
Dear Auntie, I've recently started a new relationship with a guy (whoopie!). I say "guy" rather than "boy" because the truth is he's 33, and I'm 19. Now I realize that 14 years is quite a big age gap, but it's really not an issue for... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: How Can I Get People to Accept My Older Boyfriend?

BEHOLD: Your Heartbreak Horoscope!

By Kit FraserJuly 25, 2016
As Albert Einstein once said, "You can't blame gravity for falling in love." Translation? Science is dead, everyone will be heartbroken eventually, and all we have left to guide us are notoriously unreliable predictions based upon stars. How you’ll weather the aftermath of a breakup... More  →
BEHOLD: Your Heartbreak Horoscope!

Auntie SparkNotes: What If Wisdom Teeth Surgery Makes Me Tell All My Secrets?

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 22, 2016
Hi! I have to have my wisdom teeth removed soon, and I am absolutely terrified of what effects the anesthesia will have. I am worried that I will accidentally reveal something the normal me would not like for others to know. I am scared of opening... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: What If Wisdom Teeth Surgery Makes Me Tell All My Secrets?

The Summer Romance Test

By Kelly HoffmacherJuly 22, 2016
Lucky you! You met someone at your cousin’s graduation party; on an otherwise extremely boring vacation to the Grand Canyon; at a free Feelies concert in Central Park. You’ve achieved a June through August rite of passage! But what’s the deal with the other nine... More  →
The Summer Romance Test