Ask Lara


“Welcome to my world! Where every day is an adventure, especially when you have a tendency to do things that are a) embarrassing, b) cringe-worthy, and c) just plain awkward.  Something I’ve discovered through personal experience: many life lessons can be gotten through if you consume enough pizza. So this is me. This is my life. And here’s some of what I’ve learned, including my take on boys, mean girls, school, and how to deal with the everyday stresses of real life.”  — Lara



I’m always the first one to make myself the butt of the joke, but you know what I never do? Pay myself a nice...

Music! Need I say more? Well, I’m going to because recently music has become a form of dependency for me. I’ve previously written about my first...

I think it’s a huge misconception that stepping out of your comfort zone always works out and you’ll feel amazing about it. Recently, I...

Query:  Dear Lara, My name is Mary. I stumbled upon Germ Magazine while checking the reviews and website for All the Bright Places book, and I frankly think...

…Because just like a box of chocolates, you expect to get one thing, and you usually end up disappointed because you get something completely...

This Ask Lara entry was composed on October 22nd, the day after Back to the Future Day. A lot has happened in the past 48 hours....

To the Ask Lara readers who read and believe in my words, this one is for you... This past week I had the honor of going...

Growing up as someone who belongs to the female gender -- specifically one who is part of a tight-knit and old-fashioned culture -- I...

This email has been posted with the reader's permission and with the names changed for the sake of anonymity. Every so often our Germ staff...

There are a lot of great things about growing up, but a lot of things also suck pretty badly. You pay your own bills,...