Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22nd -- Let's See How this Doesn't Apply to (Little, Old Non-December 22nd Baby) Me...

Soooo on my b-day, we played the game of seeing just how closely my b-day description matches my personality. Now let's strike that and reverse it (a.k.a. let's see whether the December 22nd info applies/doesn't apply to me). Ready, set, go!!!


Careful, Prepared, Self-Assured

Your philosophy is: slow and steady wins the race [My philosophy is "eye of the tiger"]. A queen of To-Do lists [I hate these things. I try to compile them. Really I do. My mom and bro go that route (as does a certain nameless Razorbill coworker). I go the, "Now where did I leave that on my desk route?"] and a natural planner, you've got everything in your life mapped out in advance, from the outfit you're going to wear to school in a week to the location of your wedding in fifteen years (Aruba) [Okay, so now that we're talking big picture stuff. Let's face it: I decided where I wanted to go to college in the seventh grade. Check. The career I wanted in eleventh grade. Check. The husband I wanted and how many kids and where we will live, and wait... no checks there :( ] It's not that you're stubborn when it comes to walking a certain path, it's just that you always have a clear idea of where you want to end up.

+/- You’ve got a ton of rules, like No Side Ponytails After 1995 [I'm sorta wearing one today. It's loose, and there's no scrunchy, but it's definitely not centered. Does that make me a bad person?] and No Speaking in Class Without Raising Your Hand [Yeah, unless I'm the one speaking.]. But rules are meant to be broken, so try tossing out the list of Dos-and-Don'ts and letting loose once in a while.

Friend Match: Your tongue's so sharp it could be a pair of scissors, so you need to find a BFF who can roll with your scathing sense of humor, like a good-natured and mischievous Aries. Bonus: her constant pranking and laissez-faire attitude will keep you cracking up.

Love Match: You're definitely not the kind of girl who skips from crush to crush, so you need a guy who, like you, is happy to stay out of the game. A super-supportive Taurus will have eyes only for you. [This does sound quite appealing.]

Best hobby: National Honor Society [Okay, you've got me.]
Best pet: Tropical fish
Star match: Jordin Sparks

Aritey, so with only a couple elements in my favor and the preponderance of data in opposition, I'm going to go ahead and say that it is very clear that I'm not a December 22nd baby.
Now it's your turn! How do you match up????

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's your birthday + the week just before the start of winter break... could you ask for anything more?


Intuitive, Stubborn, Challenging

You're just like a ninja: silent but deadly. You don't need to run your mouth to command a room, and whether or not you've got your lips on lock-down you make sure people know how you feel--and do what you want. Intimidating and powerful, you use all of your energy and focus to achieve your goals, and whether or not you use verbal skills or just body language to communicate, you're always making your point clear.

+/-: Your super sensitive when it comes to understanding other people's moods. When it's your friends' turn to read you, however, they'll find you're a closed book. If you’re struggling with a problem, don’t stew on it – open up!

Friend Match: You like to keep your posse small, and you like to keep them close. You and a Cancer may have been best buds since you were in diapers, but don't let that stop you from expanding your horizons. An expressive, take-charge fellow Sag makes a great partner-in-crime.

Love Match: You need a guy who won't keep his feelings on lock-down, or you're both bound to suffer in silence. A Libra values honesty and communication above all else, and can help you open up.

Best color: Black
Best job: Judge
Best vacation spot: Morocco

Friday, December 18, 2009

So you know how when it's your birthday...

...you can't really concentrate on stuff because you're so jittery and excited about the events to come. That's how I feel today because of holiday parties and whatnot. Gotta love the season!


Persistent, Capable, Expansive

You and a whale share something in common: you're all about living large. When you commit to something--like heading up the decorator's committee for homecoming--you see it through no matter what, and you see it through in a big way (2,000 handmade paper vines to go along with the jungle theme, anyone?). But just because you see the big picture doesn't mean you ignore the details. Attentive and focused, you make sure everything is just so.

+/-: You have unstoppable quantities of energy, but just like when you're driving, it sometimes pays to Reduce Speed Ahead. Going full throttle will just lead to burn out, so try to appreciate the journey and not just the destination.

Friend Match: Sometimes you crave absolute privacy, at other times you spill all your secrets faster than you can say "dish". You might run hot and cold sometimes, but a Libra who is laid-back like lukewarm water will be able to go with the flow.

Love Match: Having a boyfriend is awesome, but having a boy-friend is even better. Make sure your guy gets you and can serve as your support system, like a loyal Taurus whose steadfastness will help you achieve your goals.

Best accessory: Jet black Range Rover
Best pet: African Grey Parrot
Star match: Katie Holmes

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hey, now! Hey, now! This is what birthdays are made of!


Committed, Idealistic, Responsible

You and a gym teacher have something in common: all about physical education. Down-to-earth, practical, and grounded, you limit your beliefs to the things you can see, touch, taste, and smell. Ruled by themes of body and earth, you're not interested in flights of fancy or superficiality. You gravitate towards dependability and solidity in other people. Serious and focused, once you set your mind to something it's impossible to steer you from your path.

+/-: You're definitely not a fan of team sports; you prefer to always roll solo. Like a kindergartener, you need to learn to share. Don't be afraid to open up to others and show off your inner shine--make time to hit the movies or have a makeover night with good friends.

Friend Match: You take things super seriously, and could use some friends around you to help you lighten up, like a laid-back, social Libra and an energetic, fun-loving Gemini.

Love Match: Nothing irritates you more than broken promises, so an adorable Aries with a habit of telling little white lies will just drive you crazy. Stick with a solid-as-they-come Taurus or an affectionate Cancer.

Best date: Camping
Best hobby: Cooking
Best style: Outdoorsy (If it’s made by North Face, L.L. Bean, or Patagonia, you own it.) P.S. This does not describe me. I am what you'd call "indoorsy" or perhaps "only can handle nature when it's man made-y. You know, I like my walking paths paved. That kind of thing. The untamed wilderness... not so much.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If your birthday is on December 16th and you celebrate some holiday this time of year, how do you handle the present situation?


Visionary, Imaginative, Guided

If you were a book genre, you'd be fantasy. People born on December 16th are some of the most imaginative of the entire astrological year. Creative and artistic, you see things differently from your peers, and whether you're assembling a mural out of discarded plastic coke bottle caps or penning a short story entirely in rhyme, you're always testing limits and pushing boundaries. You crave privacy and freedom.

+/-: Your emotional life has so many ups-and-downs it should be its own roller coaster at Six Flags. Your friends have problems, too, so lay off the venting sometimes and learn to listen.

Friend Match: You often disappear into your own world, so it’s good to have a grounded earth-sign Virgo to bring you back from the clouds and remind you of the day-to-day pleasures (and obligations) of this planet.

Love Match: You're deeply romantic, and you fall in love faster--and harder--than you can say "ouch." Make sure you get to know a guy before declaring him your One and Only, and pay special attention to an artistic Pisces with the same values as you.

Best job: Film director
Theme song: Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
Best vacation spot: Vineyard in California

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ten more days till vacation!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and it's your b-day...


Cheerful, Social, Popular

If you had a motto, yours would be: Go big, or go home. Confident, open-minded, and super social, you like to live large and in charge. People gravitate to you because of your natural positivity and optimism, and you don't mind rolling with a big entourage. Your philosophy is, the more the merrier! On the flip side, your refusal to see the dark side means that you can become attached to people who don't deserve it.

+/-: It's great that you're so naturally sunny, but if the clouds are rolling in on the horizon, it might not be the best time for a parade. You must learn to accept hardships and disappointments realistically, and face problems head-on.

Friend Match: You're a blast to be around and are always making your friends feel good. Just make sure you have your own cheerleaders, like a supportive Leo or a Cancer who admires your social skills.

Love Match: The Gemini you've been crushing on is popular, cute, and charming, so you refuse to acknowledge that he may not be worth your feelings of hopeless devotion. Dig deeper when you meet a quiet and rock-solid Taurus, and you may find the diamond in the rough.

Best accessory: Your friends
Best color: Pink
Theme song: Here’s to the Night – Eve 6

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14th --- And now the countdown to winter break really starts....


Original, Provocative, Daring

You and a jar of spaghetti sauce have something in common: it's hard to get you to open up! Though you may come across as outgoing and very social, in reality you have an intensely private side that you rarely reveal to anyone. You've got a ton of acquaintances and admirers but only a few very close friends, and though you may let people in on where you're headed on a Friday night, you hardly ever share your true feelings and thoughts.

+/-: It's no wonder your friends get frustrated trying to figure you out: you're harder to unravel than a knee-high lace-up boot. But keeping all of your complexity to yourself will just leave you feeling alienated and frustrated, so learn to speak up about your true thoughts and feelings.

Friend Match: You and a Cancer can totally relate: she, too, values privacy and a small circle of close friends. She won't force you to talk about what you're going through, but her sensitivity and trustworthiness means you'll be inclined to open up.

Love Match: You have a forceful will and you're very persuasive, but when a smoldering Scorpio with a secretive nature starts getting close to you, you'll step back and let him take the lead.

Best accessory: Your diary (with a lock, of course)
Star match: Vanessa Hudgens
Best style: Emo

Friday, December 11, 2009

The weather outside is frightful, but birthdays are so delightful!


Purposeful, Powerful, Influential

You're just like the flavors in a cafe mocha: intense and super deep. Serious and dedicated, you apply yourself vigorously to your goals and are difficult to stop. A thoughtful person by nature, you also have a commanding physical presence: when you walk into the room, everyone looks. It's hard for you to hide your emotions, and your moods, opinions (and yes, occasional tantrums) have a huge effect on the people around you.

+/-: It's great that you're willing to fight for what you want, but swimming upstream is bound to leave you exhausted. Learn to go with the flow.

Friend Match: The fact that you have such high standards means you have a tendency to be judgmental. Lean on a Libra who will remind you to keep a balanced and fair perspective.

Love Match: You're a quick study in almost everything you do, but a big failure when it comes to the subject of fun. You could use a little laughter in your life, so depend on a class-clown and prank-prone Aries to keep you ROTFL.

Best color: Burgundy
Best date: Town carnival
Best vacation spot: Museum-hopping in Italy

P.S. Btw -- if you happen to go museum-hopping in Italy, please take me with you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Party like it's December 10th!!!


Appreciative, Introspective, Calm

If you were a subject in school, you'd be philosophy--super deep. Deeply private, you often come across as shy when in fact you're just busy reflecting on The Big Questions--like why are we here? Idealistic in the extreme, you have a logical mind but faith and belief (in everything from friendship to religion to the beauty of nature) are very important to you. Modest and sweet-tempered, you don't seek out attention.

+/-: You love being alone, but other people deserve to see you shine, so don't always hide your glow. Make sure you maintain connections with friends who can will help you break out of your comfort zone.

Friend Match: Your BFF had better love lengthy and serious chat sessions. Fortunately, a profound Pisces would much rather debate morality with you than catch up on the latest episode of The Hills.

Love Match: You’re way more comfortable flirting over AIM than in person. But wouldn’t it be nice to LOL face-to-face? A sweet-tempered Cancer with homebody tendencies might be your perfect match--if one of you can be convinced to stop hiding behind the keyboard and make the first move.

Best date: Morning hike
Star match: Raven-Symoné
Theme song: I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crow

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

If you were born on December 9th...


Romantic, Fiery, Energetic

You deserve an award for Best Performance, because you're always the star of the show. You love to be the center of attention, and you've got a knack for sniffing out (or starting!) drama. Imaginative and prone to flights of fancy, you're always playing casting director and putting yourself in the role of heroine, leader, or diva. Paradoxically, though often shy as children, those born on December 9th grow to be true extroverts and big personalities.

+/-: You definitely command attention, but you don’t always have to be steal the stage. Sometimes it’s nice to play a supporting part, and let someone else have the chance to shine for once.

Friend Match: You're super protective when it comes to your posse, so a Capricorn who shies away from confrontation can rely on you to have her back. In return, she can help mellow out your outrageous energies and keep you grounded.

Love Match: People who only see your outgoing side would be surprised to find out that you’re shy when it comes to boys. You need a dependable guy with a relaxed attitude to balance out the more fiery side of your personality, so you can trust a Libra to make you feel comfortable.

Best job: Entertainment reporter
Best style: Bollywood
Best vacation spot: Puerto Rico

P.S. Oh, I wish I was in Puerto Rico right now.... The wind tousling my hair, the smell of the ocean tickling my nose, the sand crunching beneath my feet = infinitely bettter than being in New York (i.e. land of cold rain where my umbrella blows inside out and my hair frizzes due to the humidity).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December 8th -- Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays


Interesting, Friendly, Energetic

You and an Olympic high-diver have something in common: You're all about diving in head-first. No matter what you're working on--from an English project to a difficult friendship--you throw yourself into it one hundred percent. Generous and energetic, when it comes to your feelings you lay everything out on the table, and you feel deeply responsible for the well-being of everything and everyone around you.

+/-: You'll tackle any project, no matter how difficult. But ask yourself if the rewards are worth the effort. It might be easier to write an essay than build a scaled-down version of a Native American village; similarly, if you have to put in months of energy to a relationship that's not getting better, it's time to pull the plug.

Friend Match: A Virgo with both creative and pragmatic tendencies is a moderate version of you: all the talent, half the angst.

Love Match: Because you love unusual and mischievous people, you're often drawn to guys who aren't prepared to return your affection, like a shady Scorpio with a wandering eye. Down-to-earth doesn't have to mean boring; once you try out a dependable Leo, don't be surprised if you never go back.

Best accessory: MacBook
Best color: Blue
Best hobby: Musical theater

P.S. I cannot even begin to express how much I love my MacBook. It's like an extra appendage. You know that game you play in elementary school? The one where your teacher goes, "if you were stranded on a tropical, desert island, what one item would you bring with you and why?" Well, I would bring my MacBook (with wireless broadband connection--that still counts as one item, right?). Yes, it might not be as nourishing as food or as basic as a bar of soap (I'm assuming that the clothes on my back don't count toward this exercise and that there are berries or something available for consumption). But, let's face it -- without my MacBook, the boredom of being stranded on a tropical, desert island would most certainly become overpowering. And I'm easily bored. Boredom -- it's something you gotta think about when dealing with the challenges and dangers of isolation. Don't you think?

Sooo to make a long story short. You December 8th birthday people bring with you the antidote to boredom -- a MacBook. Kudos!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Back it Up Now -- B-Days from December 4th-6th


Energetic, Gutsy, Aggressive

You should be a Nike ad, because you always Just Do It. When you want something you pursue it relentlessly and you don't let anybody or anything stand in your way. You jump so many hurdles you should compete on the Olympic team, and you're no stranger to struggle. Sometimes you're so focused on your goals you neglect the needs of family and friends, and your desire to dominate means you can be kind of bossy.

+/-: You're amazingly strong, but even you have limits, so learn them. You can't be a star soccer player and social VP and the editor-in-chief of the yearbook, so take a shot at saying No once in a while.

Friend Match: You and a stubborn Taurus are bound to butt heads 24/7, but you do need a BFF who is strong enough to tell you when you are out of line, like a grounded and confident Capricorn.

Love Match: You're all about power, but you haven't yet given to the greatest power of all: L-O-V-E. You'll never truly fall unless you're willing to let go, so try letting someone else--like a super-popular Leo with a powerful presence--take the lead for once.

Best date: Dinner and dancing
Best job: Professional athlete
Star match: Tyra Banks

P.S. Don't you just love Tyra?


Confident, Daring, Active

Being you is like sporting a tube top to a formal garden party: both require a ton of confidence. You're blessed with a strong belief in your ability to pull things off, whether you're assembling your social studies project at the last second or rocking leather pants to homecoming. In general, your confidence is justified--things have a way of turning out right for you--but you have to learn when to admit it on the rare occasions you need help.

+/-: It's great that you're so positive, but don't dismiss people as haters just because they're not all roses-and-sunshine. You might benefit from constructive criticism, so open up your ears.

Friend Match: You sure know how to rock what you've got, but you could use some help knowing when to rein it in a little--for example, busting out into a karaoke rendition of 'I Will Survive' at your parents' X-mas party might not be the best idea. Trust a down-to-earth and laid back Libra to let you know when to lay off the theatrics.

Love Match: You're just like a pizza: made to share. You can't stand secrets and need a guy who's willing to spill his hopes and dreams, like an open-hearted and expressive Aries.

Best job: Personal shopper
Best style: Funky
Theme song: Lose Control – Missy Elliot

P.S. Oh, how I wish I could afford a personal shopper, but alas....


Pragmatic, Perceptive, Capable

You should be a jeweler, because you've got an eye for that diamond in the rough. You can make the best out of any situation and you're always able to spot things--like antique bedside tables and grungy-looking guys--that with just a little bit of polish will sparkle like new. Extremely practical, you're a born organizer and manager, and your competitive nature means that you're always out to win.

+/-: It's great that you're always looking ahead, but if you don't pause for breath you're going to miss out on a chance to stop and smell the roses. Life's too short already, so make time to appreciate it.

Friend Match: When someone disappoints you, you have a tendency to drop the friendship faster than a socialite drops names. Buddy up with someone who will teach you the value of perseverance and communication, like an extra-patient Cancer.

Love Match: You need to respect the object of your affections, and then means no whiners, moaners, or self-pitiers for you. Ideally, you need a guy who's as strong-willed and competitive like you, like a take-charge Taurus.

Best accessory: Vintage Polaroid camera
Best color: Orchid
Best hobby: School events coordinator

P.S. If you can make a vintage Polaroid camera look cool, my hat's off to you.

December 7th -- Birthday Action


Imaginative, Sensitive, Individualistic

You're just like an original Picasso painting: one-of-a-kind, with a totally unique perspective. Those born on December 7th never blend in with the crowd, and though some people might consider you weird, the fact that you always do your own thing regardless of what other people think is an admirable and enviable trait. Unsurprisingly, you're attracted to people who are also brave enough to march to the beat of their own drummer.

+/-: You're deeply creative, so it's normal that you spend a lot of time with your head in the clouds. Just make sure you don't forget to touch down in the real world every so often. A girl can't live on dreams alone.

Friend Match: You need a BFF who's not afraid to take the road less traveled, like a creative and visionary Pisces. But for a more social influence who will keep you from perma-hibernation, look also to an independent and fun-loving Gemini.

Love Match: Even though you love to express yourself, when it comes to romance you do your best impression of a clam. It's crucial that you find someone you can be yourself with, like an even-tempered and non-judgmental Aquarius.

Best pet: Turtle
Best style: No one rocks pink tights like you
Theme song: Dreamer – Chris Brown

P.S. Some final thoughts:
  • On the subject of pink tights, did you catch part I of the Alice miniseries last night? She was sporting some red tights, not pink ones, but still -- bold color choice.
  • On the subject of the above theme song (and specifically its singer): Ugghh....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday, December 3rd -- And the Days Just Tick on by...

Sorry, I'm seriously in shock that it's already December (admittedly, the sixty-degree weather is confusing--is it a first for you b-day people?).


Concentrated, Secretive, Innovative

You and sliced bread have something in common: you're both totally ingenious. Creative, innovative, and extremely independent, no matter what your passion--from writing to knitting to the boy in your science class--you dedicate yourself to it with attentiveness and skill that borders on the truly genius. You do your own thing and never seek out attention or flattery; in fact, you crave privacy.

+/-: It's great that you're self-sufficient, but you graduated from kindergarten so you should know how to play with others. Let your friends take you out on Saturday night and try to maintain closer contact with the people you love.

Friend Match: You need a BFF who values privacy and independence above all else and won't be offended that you have a tendency to keep secrets, like an equally mysterious and private Pisces.

Love Match: A Cancer who appreciates your need to be alone but understands the importance of having a small group of close friends will make sure that you don't put the her back in hermit.

Best accessory: Oversized headphones (for when you just need to tune everyone out) ­­
Best hobby: Art club
Best pet: Adopted cat

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's December 2nd -- And the Craziness that is Time Accelerating Continues...

Plus it's your b-day!!!!


Dynamic, Spirited, Active

You should be on the silver screen, because you're all about being larger-than-life. You have a tremendous presence; when you walk into the room, people bow down or step out of the way. You believe that life is a boxing match and you're looking for an all-out knock-out victory. Your tendency to see things in terms of struggle means you often hold grudges, and you're prone to furious and frightening temper tantrums when people disappoint you.

+/-: It's great that you're so ambitious and strong, but winning really isn't everything. No trophy or award in the world will comfort you when you're feeling down or make you crack up when you need to giggle, so work on strengthening your ties to your real winnings: your friends.

Friend Match: You expect honesty and integrity from your BFFs, and anyone who gets close to you had better know how to calm you down when you're about to blow. A level-headed Libra has all these qualities.

Love Match: You’ve got super high standards, and are always saying that none of the guys you know can measure up. Make sure you're not just pushing people away before they can reject you--a patient, devoted, and super-sweet Cancer comes pretty close to perfection.

Best accessory: Stila eyeliner
Best job: Movie star
Star match: Britney Spears

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Augmented Reality--Vampire Academy Style

See yourself on the Vampire Academy cover by visiting http://www.vampireacademybooks.com/.

All you need is:

(1.) Vampire Academy book, magazine ad, or cover print out
(2.) Webcam

And that's it! (Plus, you know, follow the instructions onscreen.)

Share with your friends. Sooo cool!!!

Find out more info by clicking on the video link below:

It's December 1st--What the What?


Vibrant, Extroverted, Energetic

If you were a type of candy, you'd be Skittles: fun, colorful, vibrant, with a totally unique flavor. Outspoken and upbeat, you follow a policy of strict honesty that borders on brutal bluntness. But your charm and sense of humor means your friends always forgive you for your most outrageous comments, and in general your desire to spill comes from a desire to share--you're generous with everything from your advice to your time to your shoes.

+/-: You're just like McDonald's: always open. But in certain cases it's better to keep your opinions to yourself, like if you think your friends jeans look like a sausage-casing.

Friend Match: You need a BFF with lots of energy and the desire to try new things, so a homebody Cancer will just have you yawning. Pair up with an outgoing Aries who's a social butterfly, like you.

Love Match: You love to be admired and have the rep of being an outrageous flirt. But make sure you're not courting all the wrong kinds of attention. The kind of love you really need goes far beneath the surface, so try cultivating a deeper relationship with a quiet and sincere Aquarius.

Best date: Nighttime picnic
Best pet: Dalmatian
Star match: Sarah Silverman

Monday, November 30, 2009

B-day Backlog....

Soooo... as you may have noticed, we haven't posted "The Secret Language of Birthdays" for the past few days (let's face it, we were out for Thanksgiving). But... rather than just skip over the birthdays, we figured that we'd just post a whole bunch at one time. It's our way of saying, "Your birthday may have happened last week, but we love you anyway!"


Spirited, Loyal, Involved

If you were a sports car, you'd be a foreign Ferrari: unusual, a little flashy, and bound to be admired wherever you go. Deeply social, you're a fan of long conversations and need to be surrounded by people who understand and support you. You're an excellent friend; on the flip side, you have a tendency to hold grudges when people have betrayed your trust and make a scary--and outspoken--enemy.

+/-: You often wish you were more like foundation: blessed with the ability to blend. You often feel different from the people around you and wish to be more "normal." Understand that, really, there's no such thing, and embrace all of the qualities that make you you (and fabulous!).

Friend Match: You and a BFF are both ruled by the dynamic number 2, which means you like to be on the go 24/7. Remember to make quiet time with a low-key Cancer when it's time for R & R.

Love Match: You love to debate, and you need a guy who won't be intimidated when you defeat him point-by-point in an argument, like an uber-confident fellow Sagittarius who's a big fan of long convos.

Best color: Aqua
Star match: Katherine Heigl
Best vacation spot: New York City (just like you, the city never sleeps)


Constant, Thorough, Accomplished

If life is a highway, you're a cross-country truck driver: all about the long haul. You've got the patience and persistence to pursue your goals no matter what the obstacles, and look for friends who share your desire to succeed. Though you have a ton of energy you come across as cool, quiet, and reserved. You enjoy being alone but also have the capacity for deep and unwavering attachment, so make sure the person's worth it before offering a lift.

+/-: You're a true perfectionist, and are always painstakingly careful about what you do and say. Reality check: unlike The Hills, life is unscripted, so let loose and allow your unregulated side to shine.

Friend Match: A Gemini is always going through ups and downs, and you'll be there no matter what the weather. In return, she can help you loosen up and laugh at yourself when things take a downturn in your life.

Love Match: When you like someone, you refuse to see the negatives in him. But if an Aries is keeping you jumping through hoops, it's time to call off the circus. A loyalty-minded Leo will be the perfect remedy for the drama.

Best accessory: Life list (As far as you’re concerned, having a goal doesn’t count if it’s not written down.)
Best job: Novelist
Star match: Christina Applegate


Interesting, Free-Spirited, Unique

You're just like the smell of gasoline: love you or hate you, you're 100 percent unique. Deeply creative, you do things in your own way and at your own speed, but there's no doubt that you make things happen. You're curious and inventive but are blessed with a practical side that keeps your ideas grounded in real life, and are always working to find a balance between your imaginative and down-to-earth sides.

+/-: It's cool that you don’t care what other people think. But you may play better with others than you know. You'll never know whether people understand you unless you're willing to share your thoughts with them!

Friend Match: You're drawn to a Pisces BFF because of the unusual, intuitive, and individualistic way that you both see the world. And who else will spend an entire afternoon finger-painting your walls?

Love Match: It’s hard for you to be in a relationship because you’re so independent. Look for a guy who will give you space to do your own thing, like a Cancer who values privacy or a Sagittarius who's always on the move.

Best accessory: Sketchpad
Best job: Inventor
Star match: Natasha Bedingfield


Intuitive, Quick, Impulsive

If you were a line dance, you'd be the Electric Slide. If you're not the one creating the drama, you'll be in the middle of it faster than you can say, "Oh, no, she didn't." Spontaneous, fun-loving, and full of more energy than a twelve-pack of Red Bull, you're so busy bouncing off the walls you often don't notice you're getting battered. You need to take some time for R & R to avoid periods of anger and frustration.

+/-: Your whirlwind energy--and the tantrums that accompany it--can cause more damage than hurricane season in Florida. You need the stabilizing influence of close friends and family, so lean on them for help (and learn to say, I'm sorry.)

Friend Match: Pair up with a Leo: She has just as much energy as you do, but her steadiness and optimism means she never goes through periods of boom and bust and can help you find stability.

Love Match: In your case laughter really is the best medecine, so you'll know it's love when a class clown Aries keeps you in stitches (even when you're doing--blech--dissections in science class).

Best color: Magenta
Best vacation spot: Club in Ibiza
Style icon: Mary-Kate Olsen


Profound, Natural, Sensitive

If you were an old TV show, you'd be the Lone Ranger. You’re super smart, but school still feels like a seven-hour-a-day prison sentence to you. You’d much rather be learning on your own terms, and your desire for independence extends to every area of your life. Although you have a sharp and spot-on sense of humor, you often come across to others as serious and even intimidating.

+/-: You have a naturally logical mind and are quick to pick an argument to shreds when it isn't up to par. But you don't always hold yourself to the same standards, so before you start throwing stones, make sure you're not sitting in the middle of a house of glass.

Friend Match: You find a natural counterpart in the logically minded, diplomatic, and sweet-tempered Libra. But stay close to the silly influence of a goofball Aries who will help keep things light.

Love Match: You come across as snobby when in fact you're just private. You’ve got a lot in common with a Cancer in your class--he's just as introspective as you are--but somebody has to make the first move, so try breaking out of your let-him-come-to-me routine.

Best hobby: Book club
Best job: Medical researcher
Best style: Classic


Challenging, Dynamic, Influential

You should be an elevator operator, because you're always pushing buttons. Energetic, smart, and opinionated, you're always provoking others with your unusual ideas, unflinching honesty, and in-your-face attitude. Nothing infuriates you more than liars and fakes, and though some people may find you intimidating, everyone has to respect you for always speaking the truth and speaking your mind.

+/-: It’s great that you’re not afraid to express yourself. But there are times when you should reserve judgment, like when your BFF tells you she’s thinking of joining the cheerleading squad. Your job as a friend is to be supportive, not critical.

Friend Match: A Libra BFF is super patient, but even she'll get fed up if you don't stop picking fights. Take a lesson from her cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor and chill.

Love Match: You should come with a big FRAGILE sign, because people better handle you with care. Your tendency to explode means you need a guy who's not going to press the detonator, like an Aquarius who doesn't mind admitting when he's wrong.

Best color: Emerald
Best date: Day at the beach
Best hobby: Lit Mag


Thorough, Funny, Dynamic

Your spirit animal should be a tiger, because when it comes to getting what you want, you always know just when to pounce. Patient and hard working, you also possess an intuitive side that means you can sense when to act. You know how to do a lot with a little, so whether you're whipping up a new outfit from an old tank top or turning a pair of jeans into a pillow covering, you're always making the most of what's given to you.

+/-: You like to be in control of everything from your social calendar (planned a month in advance) to your burger toppings (extra ketchup, absolutely no onions). Take a lesson from cotton and loosen up.

Friend Match: You and a Virgo share a love of matching stationary sets and spotlessly clean bedrooms, but for sheer giggly fun and a mellowing influence, go ahead and send a Gemini a friend request.

Love Match: A mischievous Aries tries to seduce you with charm, but you respond better to openness and honesty. Look for a Sagittarius who'll be willing to spill--and share--his soul.

Best color: Silver
Star match: Kaley Cuoco
Best vacation spot: Cancun

Monday, November 23, 2009

We've had a request for some November 22nd b-day goodies...

Soooo... here you go! We're not ones to disappoint our readers :)


Protective, Persuasive, Thoughtful

If you were a national monument you'd be Philadelphia's Liberty Bell: all about freedom. Strong-willed and very independent, you demand the right to make your own choices and feel frustrated when people (like, ahem, your parents) try to impose limits on what you can do. Your friends respect your take-me-as-I-am attitude: you're never afraid to be 100 percent yourself.

+/-: It’s fantastic that you’ve got such a fighting spirit and great that you're such a protective friend, but don’t be so quick to jump into the front lines. Pick your battles, and don't necessarily think that your friends can't--or won't--stand up for themselves.

Friend Match: You and a super sweet Virgo are just like freshly baked bread: you're the hard exterior, she's the mushy soft inside. Together, a perfect pairing.

Love Match: If there's one thing you can't stand it's when a guy feels like he has the right to tell you what to do, so definitely stay away from bossy Taurus and look for a more easygoing Aries.

Best accessory: Combat boots
Star match: Scarlett Johansson
Best vacation spot: Castle in Scotland

P.S. Pardon the retroactive posting, but we don't ordinarily post weekend b-days. Today, however, is an exception.

11/23 -- Your birthday is the first school day of Thanksgiving week?

Talk about a double dose of excitement. How can you not be filled with eager anticipation? Between the way that your awesome friends decorated your locker, brought you b-day balloons, and showered you with "Happy Birthdays" and the the almost-upon-us, it's-so-close-you-can-feel-it-in-your-fingers-and-toes Thanksgiving break, things are good :)


Individualistic, Free-spirited, Humorous

If you were a catch phrase, you'd be: Prove it to me. You never follow rules just because someone says you should; from an early age you gave your parents grief because you refused to accept their because-I-said-so argument. Sharp witted and independent, in general you don't care what other people think but can ironically be super sensitive about certain lingering insecurities (and quick to take offense).

+/-: You're just like the filling in an Oreo cookie: always in the middle of something. Try and cultivate a thicker skin when it comes to the issues that get you really riled up.

Friend Match: You admire a Pisces for her inventive fashion sense and I-don't-care attitude and she admires you for always saying what you mean. Don't be afraid to let her help you tap into your creative side.

Love Match: You've got a great sense of humor, so you should be looking for a guy who can laugh at himself. A fun-loving Aries isn't afraid to make a fool out of himself and can help you loosen up when you're feeling uptight.

Best date: Jet skiing
Star match: Miley Cyrus
Best style: Grunge

Speaking of your overwhelming awesomeness, Miley Cyrus -- SERIOUSLY? I'd love to share a b-day with her. "Party in the USA" is just about the most addictive song in the last five years. We literally sing it around the office. No joke.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday, November 20th -- if only you were born one week later...

You'd have off on your birthday!!!

That's not saying that your b-day isn't special (of course, it is!), it's just saying that it's preferable for your birthday to involve sleeping late, pumpkin bread, and gifts that your overzealous father picked up for you (and by for you, I mean for your house -- I'm talking flat screen TVs and whatnot -- but that you appropriate for your own needs because well, a girl's gotta find out that Heidi and co. crowned Irina the new queen of Project Runway in HD. Heck, those designs just look so much more vivid at 50 inches -- wouldn't you say?).

Still, for those of you born on November 20th, take heart. At least you still have the long weekend to look forward to :) Think of it as an entire week of awesomeness!


Sensitive, Plucky, Faithful

You should have been a boxing champion, because you're a natural born fighter. Independent-minded and truly one-of-a-kind, you do your own thing and don't worry about what other people think. You act out sometimes against your 'rents (do they really think 9 o'clock is an acceptable curfew?), but the truth is you're extremely loyal to your fam and and always willing to do battle for the people close to you.

+/-: You've got a biting sense of humor that keeps your friends rolling in the aisles. But not everyone is happy to be the punch line of one of your jokes, so be sensitive to other people's feelings when you're about to break out the scathing stand-up routine.

Friend Match: You’re ruled by the number 2, so you can be a little over-sensitive sometimes. An earth-sign friend will keep you grounded and remind you to pick your battles.

Love Match: You're often attracted to bad boy Aries and flaky-as-pie-crust Gemini, but do you really want a guy who will always keep you guessing? An individualistic and confident Scorpio will keep things interesting without playing games.

Best pet: Jack Russell Terrier
Best job: Op-Ed columnist
Theme song: Underdog – Jonas Brothers

Thursday, November 19, 2009

THE DAILY BEAST calls VAMPIRE ACADEMY "the heir to the Twilight throne"

and Razorbill throws a (metaphorical) party...

We especially love the part where they talk about how awesome Rose is (since -- ya know -- we totally agree).

November 19th Birthdays in the House!!!!


Convincing, Strong, Confident

If you had a motto, it would be: Vive La Revolution! You're all about change and improvement, but you’re not just a girl with big ideas; your take-charge attitude and practical outlook means you find a way to make your dreams a reality. Even if your friends aren’t sure about taking a stand, you’ll persuade them to play a part. Playful, trendy, and fun-loving, you take a break from changing the world to let the good times roll.

+/-: If you’ve got something to say, you’re not the type to keep it under wraps. But sometimes it really is best to be seen but not heard--like during your history final exam, for example.

Friend Match: A BFF ruled by the erratic planet Mercury changes her mind practically every second and is always turning to you for advice. Despite her flakiness, her energy and enthusiasm makes her a perfect partner when it's time to fight the good fight (uh, curfew).

Love Match: You’re a family-oriented girl so you hate it when guys talk smack about their sibs. Look for a quiet and honest Cancer who values the nest as much as you, without being a momma's boy.

Best accessory: Megaphone
Best date: Staying in and watching a movie
Star match: Jodie Foster

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Did I mention that BETRAYALS is out?

No, I guess I didn't. But, yep, you heard right. Betrayals, book two of the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow, finally hit stores yesterday. If you're just dying to find out what happens to Dru, Graves, and the rest of the gang (that word feels so inappropriate for a book like this), you know what to do!

P.S. In case you're confused about what I mean by "you know what to do," the answer is: buy the book!!!!

November 18th B-Days -- Stand Up and Shout! (or just pop in some Taylor Swift...)


Intuitive, Emotional, Social

You should be an aerobics instructor, because you've got energy to burn. Though you may come across as totally together, your thoughts and emotions race faster than an Olympic sprinter and you're always looking for new ways to stay stimulated. Highly social, you love to be the center of attention. You definitely play hard, but work hard? Not so much. Fortunately, your creativity and vision allows you to succeed anyway.

+/-: You have spot-on intuition, so learn to listen and trust your gut instincts. If you get the feeling that the new cutie in class has some kind of shady secret, you're probably right, so make Mystery Man history.

Friend Match: You’ve got a ton of people vying for a spot in your inner circle. You love all the admiration, but you also know what really matters is the kind of old-school loyalty you get from a Leo BFF.

Love Match: You have a ton of different sides to you--from social butterfly to dirt bike enthusiast to tree-hugger--and it may seem like a get-what-you-see Taurus is too boring for you. But don't underestimate the power of a dude you can depend on. Bonus? His excellent hugs.

Best job: Fashion photographer
Theme song: Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift
Best vacation spot: Swiss Alps

P.S. I'm a little jealous of your theme song. I LOVE Taylor Swift. I was totally rocking out (and by rocking out, I mean calmly beep-bopping) on the subway to "Fearless" this morning. I'd also recommend that if you ever commute to work on NJ Transit (which -- to be frank -- I'd suggest not doing at all, but assuming you have no choice...), you pop in some Taylor. Her music is the perfect antidote to the pure pandemonium that is public transportation :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

N-O-V-E-M-B-E-R Go Go November 17th!!!!


Mediating, Helpful, Responsible

If you were a song, you'd be Bridge Over Troubled Water--you're always helping to smooth things over, join two sides, and establish a connection between opposite positions. You can't stand disagreements or drama, and you often act as the glue that holds your social network together, negotiating compromise between your two squabbling sibs or playing matchmaker for your BFF.

+/-: You pride yourself on your ability to stay super calm under pressure, but sometimes the fact that you always keep your cool makes you seem like a straight-up ice queen. Learn to be more emotionally open.

Friend Match: You can help resolve disputes between a Type A Virgo pre-planner and a play-it-by-ear Gemini. Just be sure that in return you get the support you need.

Love Match: You're so used to talking and thinking about other people, it can be hard for you to dish about yourself. A perceptive and thoughtful Pisces wants to know more about you, not your fifty best friends, so try focusing the conversation on the things that get you pumped.

Best color: Tan
Best date: Poetry slam Best hobby: Model UN

P.S. A belated happy birthday to Briana (who posted yesterday)!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just saying...

Publisher's Weekly thinks The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is "deliciously twisted." So do we....

November 16th -- It's Birthday Time!


Authoritative, Effective, Understanding

If you were a reality TV show, you would be Top Chef: a natural leader, your commanding presence means you always bring the heat (and if other people don't like it, they can get out of the kitchen). You have tendencies to rebel against your parents and teachers largely because you like to be the on in control, but you're definitely no dictator. Part of what makes you such a great leader is your ability to listen.

+/-: Don't forget the little people on your quest for success. Give credit--and accept help--when it's due. You may have come up with the Spanish bullfighting theme for homecoming, but make sure to shout out all the peeps who helped transform the gym into an arena.

Friend Match: You know that a super-supportive Cancer friend is always there for you--but how about putting her to use? You have a tendency to deny it when you're feeling down. Instead, try opening up.

Love Match: When it comes to relationships, you wear the pants--until a Leo ruled by the number 1 throws you for a loop. A little competition will keep things interesting, but both of you must learn to compromise.

Best job: Movie producer
Star match: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Best vacation spot: India

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove -- in stores NOW!!!


This just came out yesterday. And we have to say that Natalie is so deliciously full of herself. LOVE IT.


Friday the 13th...


Involved, Knowledgeable, Spiritual

You should be a newspaper, because you've always got something to say about what's going on the world. Curious and inquisitive, you've got the gossip on everything that goes down at school, from the politics of popularity to the most recent makeups and breakups, and you're never afraid to voice your opinion. But when it comes to self-knowlegde you can be surprisingly thin, which means you've been accused of being superficial.

+/-: There may be an "I" in listening, but if you keep bogarting the conversation every time your BFF wants to vent you'll discover that the only I that will apply to you is the one in the word ditched. Zip your lips once in a while and let your friends speak.

Friend Match: Your girlfriends had better share a love of drama; there's nothing you like better than a gossip session. Just be sure to include a bluntly honest Sagittarius who will tell you when it's time to hush up.

Love Match: If it seems like you're always attracting guys for the wrong reasons, maybe it's because you've been playing dumb. You can't truly open up until you know yourself better (not even to a smart fellow-Scorpio who's your perfect match).

Best color: Baby blue
Best style: Eurotrash
Theme song: Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We're gonna party like it's... YOUR birthday!


Persuasive, Colorful, Energetic

If you were a vegetable, you'd be a carrot: most of what you've got going on is happening underground. Although you come across as cheerful and together, you've got hidden depths of feeling and thought that rarely get displayed. Powerful and driven, you like to control not just the way you appear to others but the people and things that are close to you. You have a need to be at the center of your group and tend to take charge.

+/-: Remember that what doesn't bend, breaks. It's okay to ask for what you want but if life throws you a curve ball, learn to take a swing instead of stalking out of the game.

Friend Match: Don't feel you have to act 100% together just to keep the admiration and loyalty of your peeps. True friends should want you to open up no matter what you're feeling, so don't be afraid to open up to a sensitive Pisces when things aren't going your way.

Love Match: You like to be admired from afar, but a second a guy gets too close you push him away. Newsflash: losing control is the best part, so go all in for the smoldering Scorpio who catches your eye.

Best color: Red
Best hobby: Photography
Star match: Demi Moore

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Write to me and (maybe) I'll send you a galley!

We have some extra galleys of the New York Times Bestseller I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President around the office. Write to me at Razorbill@us.penguingroup.com and I might just send you one. And if you're really nice, I may even include an unnamed galley. That's how generous I'm feeling :)

As a reminder, this is the book that Jon Stewart compared to War and Peace (and wolves and babies and...). Well now I'm just confusing myself. Seriously though -- you'd be the polar opposite of a genius if you don't take me up on this offer. In fact, let's play a game. It's like Mad Libs. People who have not yet read this book and do not write to me to request a galley are ______. I can think of a few ideas. How about you?

November 10th B-day Excitement


Creative, Self-Assured, Magnetic

The ruling symbol of November 10th is the butterfly, because those born on this day are all about metamorphosis. Your change isn't just personal, however: creative and productive, you are able to transform the materials around you into something fabulous and new (like when you turned an old pair of jeans into a handbag). A social butterfly (what else?), people are attracted to your off-beat sensibility and your confidence.

+/-: Although friends flock to you, you have a tendency to view them as audience members in the One Woman Theater of You. Cultivate your listening skills and learn to be more sensitive to others' needs.

Friend Match: You definitely march to the beat of your own drummer, but a Cancer friend is totally feeling your rhythm. And because she's super loyal, she won’t blab to all your other peeps about your lucky stuffed bear or tendency to put ketchup on everything.

Love Match: You can't stand people who always stick to the same old routine, so a Sagittarius--ruled by themes of movement, travel, and change--will share your love of exploration and help to keep things fresh.

Best accessory: Sewing kit
Best job: Interior designer
Star match: Brittany Murphy

Monday, November 9, 2009

New York Times Bestseller List -- Total Domination or Bust!!!

Sooo... like a certain E-Villll genius we know, we at Razorbill are also bent on world domination. Well, not world domination per se, but domination of a different kind. We're bent on dominating the New York Times Children's Bestseller List. And as you can see, we are well on our way....

Hah hah hah ha ha... Hah hah hah ha ha... (that's my attempt at transcribing an evil cackle)

If you check the list, there are a bunch of other books (five to be exact) listed here, but we're going to ignore those for now....

This marks Thirteen Reasons Why's one-year anniversary on the Bestseller list. Presents are accepted. No, not really. Well, ahem, if you're sneaky...

Let's welcome I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President to the list!!! I'd suggest that you pick up a copy immediately if you do not want Oliver Watson to seek vengeance against you and your first born. And yes -- in case you're curious -- Oliver is very much capable of holding a grudge. Best to appease him while you can...

And finally, Richelle, we love you. We will always love you. Well, not always because that would make us truly E-Villll, and we're much more into being wicked than we are into being undead -- if you catch our meaning.

Check out the New York Times website for more information about the list:

If you were born on November 9th...


Daring, Open, Sporty

You're just like a triple fudge sundae with whipped cream and hot fudge sauce: all about indulgence. Temptation is a major theme in the lives of those born on November 9th, and you're always giving in to the here and now pleasures with very little thought for the tomorrow consequences. Spontaneous and fun-loving, you welcome challenges and new experience.

+/-: You’re always out to have a good time, but because your danger meter is slightly off-kilter don't always realize that what you're doing is risky. Learn to tune in to your inner voice when you're having second thoughts about swimming in the mall fountain.

Friend Match: A Virgo BFF has a good sense of when to pull the plug on your big ideas (like when they're going to get you grounded), while a Gemini helps encourage your giggly, silly side.

Love Match: Don't let a sun-ruled guy with an outsized ego pull you into his orbit. You deserve to be the queen of your own universe, so choose a confident and devoted Taurus who will treat you like one.

Best hobby: Cheerleading
Star match: Nikki Blonsky
Best style: Boho-chic

P.S. So jealous that your "star match" is Nikki Blonsky. Loved her in Hairspray. Since then, eh... But, Hairspray! "Good Morning Baltimore," "Welcome to the 60s," "You Can't Stop the Beat" = good stuff.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thank God It's Friday (and Your Birthday)!!!!


Energetic, Stimulating, Optimistic

You should be a stairclimber, because you're all about stepping it up. You've got energy that's more infectious than the flu, and people can't help but be charmed and motivated when you're around, which is why you're the go-to girl for chairing up the social committee or organizing Earth Day. More bubbly than champagne and super self-confident, you can't stand the word "no," and are driven to succeed.

+/-: You're a whirlwind of activity, always blasting from one obligation to another. But unless you learn how to press pause once in a while you're bound to do damage to both yourself and your close relationships.

Friend Match: When it comes to friends, your philosophy is the more the merrier. But for someone to lean on when you're not feeling like the life of the party, stick with a quiet, loyal Virgo.

Love Match: It's great that you're so ambitious, but maybe one of your goals should be to let yourself really fall for someone. An uber-romantic Scorpio will help you forget about deadlines and school drama for a while.

Best date: Amusement park
Best hobby: What don’t you do?
Star match: Rebecca Romijn

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Secret Language of November 5th


Knowledgeable, Stubborn, Realistic

If you were a TV show, you'd be the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters: an ultra-realist, you're obsessed with uncovering the truth and can't stand liars, braggers, or flakes. You've got a sharp eye for scams (and slime ball guys) and your friends depend on you to make the right choice in every situation. Courageous and unafraid of confrontation, you always stand up for what you believe in.

+/-: You mess around in other people's private business so much, you should be a Private Investigator. Focus on your own issues and leave the snooping to the professionals, otherwise your fed-up friends are going to put you out of business.

Friend Match: Your Cancer BFF can be super shy, which is why you're always sticking up for her. The tradeoff? Her sweetness and loyalty means you always have someone to share your stories with.

Love Match: A diligent Sagittarius will share your love of truth and learning, so if you're looking for hours and hours of deep conversation--and someone who won't break his promises--look no further.

Best accessory: Library card
Best color: Salmon
Best job: District attorney

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Wait, I'm technically not allowed to say that. Well, eh.... I just did! And why, you ask, is November 3rd the greatest birthday to ever exist? Why is it one birthday to rule them all? Why -- you must know. Isn't it just obvious?

It's MY birthday. That's right -- mine. And I don't mean Razorbill's. I mean the birthday of the person that updates this blog. Me.

Soooooo in view of that BIG reveal, let's play a little game, shall we? I'll post the text from THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRTHDAYS as usual, and then we'll evaluate how it applies to me. Here we go!!!

P.S. Anything that's a different color means I wrote it. So, please -- DO NOT THINK THAT THE COLORED TEXT IS FROM THE BOOK. It isn't. It's from my brain.

NOVEMBER 3 (Again, quick reminder -- best birthday EVER!!!!)

Persistent (I am like a dog with a bone between its teeth), Concentrated (Going to assume that this doesn't refer to orange juice, and say that when I'm focused on something, watch out! First of all, you're just not going to be able to get my attention. Plus, I kinda make a face. It's sort of like my tongue goes limp and my mouth is slightly agape. No joke.), Triumphant (I've beat virtually every person I've ever played Connect 4 against. Also, checkers.)

If you were a game, you would be chess, because you're all about thinking three moves ahead (Again, see the Connect 4 reference. Also, my resume). Persistent and focused, you keep your calm under pressure and know how to wait. But you're not a procrastinator (Yeah, uh-huh, not a procrastinator... right). When the time is right, you work passionately and energetically (Seriously. I have a ridiculous amount of energy. Thank you copious amounts of Diet Coke). Everyone knows not to argue with you; nothing gets under your skin, and even when you're temper's burning you stay as cool as ice (Honestly, I think I have an internal body thermostat kinda problem. Gloves are a necessity).

+/-: You're so concentrated you're just like orange juice from a can (There we go -- another OJ reference), but when it comes to your feelings, you've got a serious block. Give your heart a de-freeze and learn how to express yourself emotionally (Oh, past lovers how you've scorned me and left me an emotional basketcase. Tsk. Tsk).

Friend Match: Sometimes your sarcasm can get out of hand (For me, it's actually more like an undercurrent of cynicism masked by a "concentrated" -- haha -- effort to remain optimistic). A straightforward, sensitive Cancer will always tell you when to lay off the abuse--and she'll help you figure out what's really got you mad.

Love Match: You do not like to lose, and that goes for your heart, too (You've got me. Losing is out of the question. I'm in it to win it. And by win it, I mean put a freakin' ring on it... though not yet. How about like three years from now? I'm talking to you, mysterious loverboy who I haven't met yet). You’re not the type to give your affection away freely, but let an expressive and artistic Pisces show you how to open up.

Best color: Lilac
Best hobby: Yoga (I recently started taking Bikram. The room is literally 105 degrees, and it makes me sweat more than I've ever sweat in my entire life. We're talking about you do not want to be around me kinda sweating. Like, stay away. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 dollars. Do not touch me with a ten foot pole sweating.)
Best style: Haute couture (If anyone would like to buy me some, I'd be game.)

So, there it is -- my evaluation of today's birthday insights. How does your birthday experience stack up???

Monday, November 2, 2009

You say it's your birthday!!! You wanna have a good time... again :)


Influential, Powerful, Adaptable

You’re like a chameleon in reverse: you'd rather make the world adjust its colors than try and blend in with the world. A social powerhouse, you're a trendsetter and a dynamo at making over everything from your BFF's wardrobe to your math teacher's attitude (who knew he could smile?). You have a tremendous impact on the people around you, giving you the power to transform situations according to your will.

+/-: Change freaks some people out, but not you. When opportunity knocks, you roll out the welcome mat. But it's important to stick with your commitments, so remember you don’t always have to open the door.

Friend Match: You’ve got the energy of Times Square on New Year's, but sometimes you just need to chill. That’s when you should seek out a laid-back Libra, who’ll keep you from stressing out too much.

Love Match: Your attention span barely carries you through a movie, so there's no chance of committing to just one guy. But watch out for a taste of your own medicine du flakiness in a gorgeous Mercury-ruled Gemini who will have you wishing for a little one-on-one time.

Best color: Forest green
Best date: House party with mutual friends
Best job: Stylist

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Birthdays -- the two days before Halloween edition!


Convincing, Secretive, Intellectual

If you had a catch phrase it would be Eureka, because you're all about discovery. Innovative and super-smart, you're full of new, bright ideas about the best way to do things: from what to do with leftover baked potatoes (hash browns, anyone?) to how to solve that killer algebra equation. Your talent for thinking clearly and creatively makes you a leader at home and at school, and you're often happiest when you're putting your skills to work for a group.

+/-: You are a master at keeping your lips sealed, which means your peeps can trust you not to spill their deepest secrets. Keeping confidences is one thing--keeping your feelings on lockdown is another. If you're upset, learn to speak up.

Friend Match: You're an excellent friend and can always be counted on to keep your promises. Make sure you choose peeps who will throw the love back at you, like ultra-dependable Leo and sweet-tempered, giving Libra.

Love Match: You have a tendency to overthink. Make sure you're not so focused on the intelligentsia that you neglect your emotional needs. If your heart starts beating faster every time a certain talented Pisces musician walks by, it's not a chemical reaction caused by his cologne.

Best color: Cherry Blossom
Best date: Foreign film festival
Best job: Talent agent

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Is today your b-day? Don't keep it a secret!


Curious, Thorough, Interesting

You should have been a boy scout, because your motto is: Always Prepared. Cautious, serious, and smart, you like to know how things work and you never try anything--whether it's a new exercise regime or a different kind of frozen yogurt--without doing all your research. Your parents never have to nag you to do your homework and you're a classic overachiever, but one kind of activity is missing from your miles-long To Do list: Fun.

+/-: You've got everything planned, from your college of choice to your honeymoon destination (Bali!). But often the best part of a road trip is the unexpected detours, so allow yourself to wander off the path.

Friend Match: Opposites attract, and your life is definitely in need of some dramatic reversals. Buddy up with an explosive, spontaneous, and always-on-the-go Aries and unearth your inner troublemaker.

Love Match: An overachieving Aquarius with a ton of social clout may seem uninterested in you, but the truth is you don't exactly come across as warm and fuzzy. Dig your nose out of the books and try giving him a smile.

Best job: Engineer
Best pet: Cocker spaniel
Star match: Julia Roberts

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26th -- The Birthday that Tells Me the Month is Almost Over!

So, I'm getting ready to do today's "Secret Language of Birthdays" feature and I notice the date -- October 26th. And I'm like, "Wow, where did the time go?" And then I'm like, "Jeez, I'm starting to sound old." And then I'm like, "How the h*** did that happen?" And then I'm like, "Too many birthdays." And then I say to myself, "Self -- you can't complain about birthdays in a column that extols the many virtues of the b-day." And then I reply (to myself), "Oh yes, I can."

I know -- way to expose my neuroses to a public audience... Just see what I do for my own birthday (which, as you might have guessed, is rapidly approaching).

Anyway, if you made it this far listening to my rant, hope you enjoy today's birthday column, and be sure to look for the teen edition of THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRTHDAYS, in stores July 22nd, 2010!


Organized, Astute, Active

If life is a marathon, you're the Nike Air Pegasus Shoe: you make things run a little more smoothly. You'd make an amazing event planner, because you're excellent at organizing and bringing people together. Good thing you're already getting practice: a natural leader, you're always hosting the best bday bashes and organizing food drives for the local soup kitchen. You're independent but feel the happiest when you're working for the greater good.

+/-: It's great that you work so hard, but don't forget to make time for your friends. That A+ on your bio test looks good hanging from a fridge but won't giggle with you for hours or give you a hug when you need one.

Friend Match: Even though she couldn't organize her way out of a paper bag, your Gemini BFF is your fave party planning assistant. She's a social butterfly, like you, and is always ready to get the party started. Plus, when you're stressing about color coordinating plates and napkins she reminds you that this is supposed to be fun!

Love Match: You have an ambitious side, and you need a guy who's content to let you step into the spotlight, like a super-supportive Sagittarius who doesn't mind playing arm candy to your A-list starpower.

Best color: Cream
Best hobby: Class social chair
Style Icon: Blair Waldorf

Friday, October 23, 2009

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Born on the 23rd of October?


Energetic, Quick, Passionate

You should be part of an improv troupe, because you're all about thinking on the fly. Spontaneous and energetic, you bore easily and are always looking for excitement. You can't stand planning in advance and are always ready to see where the week takes you. No matter how hard you try to find balance, you often feel like you're playing on a seesaw: if one part of your life is going well, another part is bottoming out.

+/-: You're just like the cream filling of an Oreo cookie, always in the middle of something. Your friends don't need you to get involved with their fights, so learn to look away when a conflict doesn't involve you.

Friend Match: You have a lot of great qualities, but stability is not one of them. That's why you need a rational and quick-thinking Capricorn BFF who can talk you down when you're on the verge of a blow-up.

Love Match: Nothing bores you more than the same old dinner-and-a-movie routine, so be on the lookout for an artistic Pisces whose idea of "date night" involves breaking into the aquarium with a picnic basket.

Best color: Lime green
Best job: Travel writer
Best pet: Tarantula

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK signing at Border's Columbus Circle 7 p.m. tonight!

All the cool people are gonna be there. I'm gonna be there (though I suppose that was somewhat implicit in the whole "cool people" thing). Are you gonna be there?

And for those of you who don't enjoy appeals to coolness, this is the announcement from the Shops at Columbus Circle website:

Where my 10/22 birthday people at?


Charming, Exciting, Dramatic

If you were a magazine, you'd be Allure: naturally magnetic and appealing, the theme of attraction is dominant in your life. You've got people falling over themselves for you just like a set of dominoes, and you have a similar tendency to get swept off your feet. But for the most part you leave the loving to your admirers and keep your emotions under wraps. You often find yourself controlling other people--and situations--by keeping your cool.

+/-: Life is not a power struggle, so it shouldn't be all about control. Loosen up and let people see the real you. A constant game of tug-of-war is going to land you nowhere but flat on your butt.

Friend Match: You can be a little crazy, so you need your super-steady Capricorn to bring you back to earth once in a while. It's a fair trade: you bring the spice to her life.

Love Match: When it comes to love, you like to think you know just how close you can get to fire without getting burned. But a magnetic Scorpio who's as skilled in the art of charming as you will crank up the heat.

Best accessory: Chanel coat
Best job: Actress
Best style: Chic

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And that's the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) we do b-days!


Individual, Magnetic, Verbal

If you were a word, you'd be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: imaginative, unique, and totally original. You march to the beat of a different drummer, and though you're extremely smart and quick-thinking, you have a deeply emotional side that often gets you into trouble. (You're just like a soccer goalie, always on offense.) Although on the surface you can be ultra-charming and agreeable, you can't stand being told what to do and are always looking to set your own rules.

+/-: Here's a more basic word you need to get familiar with: acceptance. You have a tendency to be super critical of your friends and family, especially when you feel they've let you down. Remember: Nobody's perfect!

Friend Match: There are a ton of people who wish they were in your inner circle, but that place is reserved for a trustworthy Leo, who has the two qualities you value most in a friend: honesty and loyalty.

Love Match: You can be extremely stubborn, so stay away from a Taurus who will just want to butt heads. At the same time, you hate pushovers. Find balance with a self-assured Libra who knows how to compromise.

Best color: Saffron
Theme song: That’s Just the Way We Roll – Jonas Brothers
Best vacation spot: Trekking through the Amazon

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We love our birthdays, oh yes we do!


Enthusiastic, Logical, Influential

If you were a classic Madonna song, you'd be Vogue. You always know what's in and what's out, but you're more interested in setting the trends than in following them, which means you're often slightly out of step with your peers. Your style, beliefs, and opinions place you firmly in the avant-garde. You'd rather be admired than accepted, and your desire to be influential is so strong that you take criticism like a two-year-old takes a Calc test: badly.

+/-: Your spirit animal might be the mule, because you are super stubborn. Once you get an idea in your head you can become obsessive about it, but letting know when to let go will save you lots of headaches in the end.

Friend Match: Sometimes you feel like no one understands you. Thank God for an artistic and original Pisces who completely appreciates the methods behind the madness.

Love Match: When you fall for a guy who's strongly influenced by Mercury, you'll be in and out of fashion so often it will make your head spin. Time to vote him off and stick with a more stable and forward-thinking Capricorn.

Best pet: Parakeet
Best hobby: A/V Club (you’re an expert on obscure films)
Style icon: Bjork

Monday, October 19, 2009

I am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President -- Featured on The Daily Show!!!

Click on the link below to watch Jon Stewart talk about Josh Lieb's I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President on the October 15th episode of The Daily Show:

You can watch the whole episode if you want, but if you're just looking to add some E-villll to your life, fast-forward to the 19 minute 28 second mark (approximately) because that's when the really good stuff starts to happen -- Jon Stewart stresses how funny the book is. And let me just say it again so we're clear: the book is uproariously funny. Laugh-until-your-belly-hurts funny. Laugh-until-tears-start-streaming-down-your-face funny. Laugh-until-tears-start-streaming-down-your-face-and-you-have-to-run-to-get-a-tissue-because-tears-and-snot-are about-to-land-on-your-brand-new-shirt-and-your-mom-is-going-to-yell-at-you-because-she-won't-be-able-to-get-the-stain-out-with-her-Tide stick funny. In other words, it's freakin' hilarious.

Get Your Copy of The Teen Vogue Handbook Signed by Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley!

If you're looking to make your copy of The Teen Vogue Handbook even more invaluable (though with all the advice in that thing, it should already be your new bible) and you happen to be in the City of Angels, then head on over to this event at the Otis College of Art and Design:

Otherwise, be sure to check out the following events once Amy's back in the Big Apple:


10/19/09 -- These Birthdays Are So Fine!


Open, Independent, Lively

You better like the taste of sock, because you are always putting your foot in your mouth. Totally outspoken and opinionated, you have a tendency to blurt out whatever you're thinking. Your policy of brutal honesty may get you into a lot of trouble, but people have to respect you for always saying what you mean and meaning what you say. You can't stand liars and fakes, and your idea of serious torture is getting (or giving!) the silent treatment.

+/-: You blow up faster than a volcano. But you cool off just as quickly, and when you fight with your BFFs the damage is never long-lasting. Life's too short to hold grudges.

Friend Match: You can't stand when people keep secrets from you, so stay away from Pisces and Scorpio, who tend to be some of the most private signs. Stick with a tell-it-like-it-is Taurus or an honesty-only Virgo.

Love Match: Admit it: you love attention. There's no harm in a little bit of flirtation, but make sure you don't spread yourself too thin--and miss out on an adorable Aquarius who's looking to be your one and only.

Best color: Yellow
Best hobby: Columnist for your school newspaper
Theme song: So What – Pink

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15th -- Halfway between the 2nd tenth of the school year and Halloween

Yes, that's a crazy description. But, frankly, that's the thought that always went through my head around this time (you know -- because you start school in September, so when you're done with it, you're done with 1/10 of the school year, and Halloween is kinda a big deal). You get it, right? It's not just me? It's probably just me.

Oh well, here's some b-day action for ya:


Magnetic, Knowledgeable, Challenging

You're just like a dog, always laying claim to your territory. Surprise! Your fave place to stake out is usually right in the middle of the spotlight, though you're not just about upstaging your peeps. You get props for being a great leader and team member: You've got more personal attraction than a magnet, so when you speak people listen up. You may not get voted Miss Congeniality any time soon, but you're a lock-in for Miss Honesty.

+/-: Like the eye of a tornado, you're always in the middle of a storm. It's great that you do your own thing no matter what, but a little bit of compromise can go a long way when it comes time to smooth over a rough patch with a disappointed friend or a scandalized teacher.

Friend Match: You're always on-the-go, and sometimes things get so crazy you have trouble keeping your feet on the ground. Count on a down-to-earth, balanced Libra to do it for you.

Love Match: You've got plenty of admirers, but for a guy to move up on your Most Wanted list he's got to be laid back and smart, an overachiever and a social dynamo. Luckily, a January-born boy meets all the requirements.

Best job: Music critic
Best pet: Beagle
Best style: If it doesn’t have sparkles, you’re not interested!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What does it mean if you were born on October 14th?

We'll tell you!


Measured, Reasonable, Composed

If you were weather, you'd be an even 75 degrees: moderate and comfortable, you leave the highs and lows to other people. It's important for you to avoid extremes. You keep disappointments from turning into major meltdowns, and you know that just because your crush shoots a smile your way it's no excuse to start planning your wedding (unlike some of your friends). Practical and reserved, you often seem older than your years.

+/-: Moderation in all things is a good philosophy in theory, but there are some things--like laughter and dark chocolate--it's okay to OD on once in a while. Let yourself indulge more often.

Friend Match: You're so together, you make Martha Stewart look like a hot mess. But every so often you should let a giggly, fun-addict Aries help you tap into your inner child.

Love Match: You're not the most outgoing person in the world, which is why a romance between you and an equally reserved Virgo never gets off the ground. Love is about risk, so take a chance on a passionate and expressive Scorpio.

Best accessory: Northface backpack
Best color: Tan
Best vacation spot: Summer house in the Hamptons

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Question: What do you get when you cross War and Peace with The Breakfast Club and a pack of wolves?


Or at least that's Jon Stewart's opinion. And yes, I mean that Jon Stewart. He of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart. Don't believe me***? Check out this video:

And be sure to look for I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT, in stores today!!!!
***Okay, so his direct quote is: "If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it." But you go try turning that into a question! Yeah, I know, I know it can be done. But it would be kinda lengthy. So, I went with the abbreviated approach... followed by this explanation. So, ummm... yup, next time I take the easy way out.

If you were born on October 13th...


Intense, Successful, Demanding

You're like an Oreo that's been left out too long: one tough cookie. You always go for the gold--no ifs, ands or buts--and you can't stand whiners and quitters. A super-serious student and a fierce competitor (whether you're vying for the title of MVP on your summer soccer league or trying to land a date with the cutest boy in school), nobody wants to get in your way. You make a frightening enemy: the words forgive and forget aren't in your vocab.

+/-: It pays off that you treat school like a job (all those A's!), but you’re a briefcase away from acting like a straight-up fifty-year-old. Give yourself a vacation and relax once in a while.

Friend Match: You don't win any warm and fuzzy awards for first impressions--the truth is, you're shy deep down so can often come across as standoffish. A perceptive Pisces knows how to break through your barriers.

Love Match: You never give second chances, but you'll have to take it easy on a serious and sincere Cancer who's doing his best. He's not a mind reader, so give him time to get close to you before you write him off.

Best date: Any black-tie event
Best hobby: Class president
Best pet: Bulldog

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's the secret language of birthdays? Glad you asked!


Imaginative, Romantic, Capable

If you were a date, you'd be a hot air balloon ride: romantic, unusual, and all about reaching new heights. You're passionate and free-spirited. It seems you fall head-over-heels for a new crush every week, but it's not just a killer smile and a set of dimples that makes your insides shivery. You see the beauty in the world around you, and get just as excited about a gorgeous sunset or the mystery of the tides as you do about basketball-playing cuties.

+/-: People need a passport just to get in touch with you, because you're often off in your own world. Daydreaming is fine, but learn to touch down in the real world every so often. Your friends and fam miss you!

Friend Match: A sarcastic Scorpio may rub some people the wrong way, but you love her off-beat sense of humor and passion for trouble. Nice is all well and good, but you like to keep things spicy.

Love Match: You've got a poet's soul, and no one's a better match for you than an ulra-artistic, sensitive, and perceptive Pisces, who will share your love of deep conversation and traditional romance.

Best date: Waterfront restaurant
Best job: Illustrator
Best vacation spot: Paris (What’s more perfect for you than the city of love?)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What does your special day say about you? Shhh... it's a secret!


Committed, Idealistic, Charming

If you were a movie, you'd be Rebel With A Cause. You're always fighting for something—whether it's cruelty-free lipgloss or longer lunch periods—and even though you're often in trouble with 'rents and teachers, people can't help but admire your fire. You're a strong believer in honesty and have a reputation for bluntness, but you're so charming (and well-intentioned), people usually forgive even your most outrageous observations.

+/-: You might as well be deaf, ’cuz you never listen. You can't stand when people tell you what to do, but keep in mind that your teachers and parents may be piping up with opinions that will actually help you.

Friend Match: You're constantly getting into scrapes, and you need a BFF who's going to stick by your side when your parents (or the cops!) crack down on your latest protest, like an ultra-loyal Leo.

Love Match: You and an equally-rebellious Scorpio will go together like a marshmallow in a microwave: hot, and unexpected, with a tendency to explode. If you both keep a wrap on your tempers, you can avoid the blow-ups.

Best accessory: “Go Green” tank top
Best hobby: Debate team
Star match: Rachel McAdams

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

THE TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK -- in stores now!!!

THE TEEN VOGUE HANDBOOK: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion, is finally available in stores!!! So... if you're looking for tips on how to succeed in the fashion industry, pull on some skinny jeans, slide your feetsies into some ankle boots, and head on over to the nearest bookstore because you gots to get yourself some TEEN VOGUE love!

To whet your appetite a little further, check out this interview with Anna Wintour (excerpted from the Handbook):


We're gonna party like it's 10/06/09!


Optimistic, Adventurous, Vivacious

If you were a bumper sticker, you'd say Seize the Day: you're all about living life to the fullest, and no matter what snags you hit (like massive amounts of homework or nagging younger sibs), you're determined that nothing's going to get in the way of your good time. You're fatally allergic to boredom so you seek out adventure and excitement. Deeply romantic, you fall head over heels so often it's amazing you don't have a permanent concussion.

+/-: You are definitely a glass-half-full kind of girl, but it’s okay to give in to the blues every now and then. If you try to be Miss Suzy Sunshine 24/7 you're bound to burn out.

Friend Match: You want a BFF who knows how to keep the good times rolling. A unique and confident Gemini will keep things lively, but will also be a perfect movie-buddy on the (rare) occasions you want to veg.

Love Match: You fall hard and fast, so you better make sure the tumble is worth it. A lively and intelligent Aquarius makes the perfect plus one to a party, and will also provide a mellowing influence when your life is getting too crazy.

Best color: Fuchsia
Best date: Rock climbing
Best style: Harajuku

Check back each day to find out what your birthday says about you, and be sure to look for THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRTHDAYS -- Teen Edition!

Friday, October 2, 2009

10/02 -- Birthday Goodies for You!


Charismatic, Attractive, Witty

You're just like Z100: when you're on, everyone tunes in to listen. Charming, persuasive, and allergic to sugarcoating, you always say exactly what you feel--even if the truth hurts. (Your BFF had to know that her lime-green coat was puke-worthy.) But it's not like you're always running your mouth; you say only what you need to say to get your point across, making you the top choice for Debate Club President and a fierce enemy.

+/-: You've got a seriously sarcastic side, so be careful that people don't mistake your bark for a bite. It's great that you've got such a strong sense of humor, but you have to make sure everybody is laughing with you.

Friend Match: You can't stand girls who play dumb, so look out for a smart and sassy Scorpio who can more than match you in a game of verbal sparring.

Love Match: You like an up-front attitude and despise game-playing, so a mischievous Aquarius who keeps his feelings hidden will leave you feeling cold. A straight-up, cards-on-the-table Taurus is the perfect remedy.

Best color: Crimson
Best date: Comedy Club
Theme song: Honestly - Cartel