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What It's Like to Move Away From Home

By Jason SaenzJuly 16, 2014
If you are about to head off to college, then you are about to embark on one of life's greatest adventures. The open road, your own dorm room, parties as far as the eye can see.  But that also means no parents. While that can... More  →
What It's Like to Move Away From Home
35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 16, 2014
We all harbor dark thoughts from time to time. Stand by your friends at orientation, or bad-mouth them to impress some cool jerk? Engage your rivals in public debate, or poison their families and nuke District 13? The wrongest decision sometimes feels oh so right. The... More  →

Tween Metal Band Gets a Record Deal and We Help Them With Album Titles

By Rebecca Jane StokesJuly 16, 2014
It's not unusual for a group of tweens to start a band. It is LESS COMMON, however, for that band to be amazing (real talk: even the Beatles weren't great right off the bat). An even rarer feat? When that band is hardcore metal and... More  →
Tween Metal Band Gets a Record Deal and We Help Them With Album Titles
Subjects No One Talks About but Everyone Studies in High School

Subjects No One Talks About but Everyone Studies in High School

By Christi ChielloJuly 16, 2014
“I don’t focus on anything other than academics. I am all work, all the time.  Other teenage 'drama' doesn’t apply to me.” ^LADIES & GENTLEMEN, EXHIBIT A: THE HIGH SCHOOLER IN DENIAL^ We don’t like to use words like “liar” or terms like "super big liar," but... More  →

Open Thread for July 16!

By SparkLifeJuly 16, 2014
Q: What did one tide say to the other tide? A: Nothing, it just waved. We really want your pictures! And art! And awesomeness! Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com and we'll feature them on an OT! ... More  →
Open Thread for July 16!

Auntie SparkNotes: I Need a Plan for Telling My Parents I'm Moving in with My Boyfriend

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 15, 2014
Hello, Auntie! I was reading through past posts in the wee hours of the morning when I realized that while I could empathize with many of the young people writing to you, having been in their shoes, I think I have reached a different part of... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Need a Plan for Telling My Parents I'm Moving in with My Boyfriend

10 Fashion Trends Explained by Evolution

By Erik BergstromJuly 15, 2014
We know that platform shoes are "back," but where did they come from originally? What would possess an entire country of beachgoers to embrace the "face-kini?" Are beards responsible for the Industrial Revolution? There are so many questions about fashion that we need to as More  →
10 Fashion Trends Explained by Evolution

How to Be Cool: Then and Now

By Janet ManleyJuly 15, 2014
As you all should know, coolness is a complex phenomenon taking into account many variables; some set, and some over which you have some control. The groundbreaking mathematician Pythagoras actually quantified coolness in one of his early equations: The problem is no one in the mathematical... More  →
How to Be Cool: Then and Now

Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror

By reidfaylorJuly 15, 2014
The day is upon us again, my dear writers—the day of WRITER WARS. If you're new to this, take comfort in the fact that this is easily the friendliest war you'll encounter. Instead of bombs, we have puns, and instead of blood and murder, we have ... well actually there is a More  →
Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror