Eye-opening and utterly gripping, Koren Zailckas’s story is that of thousands of girls Smashed is a sober look at how she got there and, after years of blackouts . Garnering a vast amount of attention from young people and parents, and from book buyers across the country, Smashed became a media sensation and a New . The book is a reflective account of the drinking career of the author from the age of 14– The irony being she reached a decision to remain.

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I wonder if she was paying for college herself if perhaps she would have take it a little more seriously. I didn’t love this book. Paperbackpages. If anything this memoir smasjed cause HARM: I wonder what this memoir would have been like had it been published several years later, once the shock of early adulthood wore off. It’s not outrage, really, or disappointment.

Alcohol alone was responsible for knocking me out, a combination of rum and vodka and coffee liqueur.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Afterward, they must have put me back into the sweatpants because they are there in the plastic bag that my dad carried home from the hospital, and they are all but crusted with vomit. May 15, Heather rated it did not like it. Other girls zalckas age steered into that urge with starvation diets or razor blades, but I chose alcohol because it seemed far less fanatical.

But we can teach young people to be critical of the messages they see. I would pack up my toys and go home. As luck would have it, she is spending the night at a friend’s house, so she misses all the clues that point to this black crime. The last section of the book was pretty disappointing.


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As an addict, Koren was completely unafraid to be honest smashec the mess that had become her life. I started writing poetry that year. In the end, I think prevention has to be about eliminating that will to drink.

It was only a month ago that a boy in our class got drunk and drove his car into a lake, where it sunk like an old tire, and he had to unroll the window to swim out. Looking for More Great Reads? Ultimately, I think a memoir leaves its author with more terror than comfort, more questions than closure. Nor will I know if Allen zaklckas there while they did it, though I don’t know how they could have held me under the showerhead without his strength.

I mean, the drinkers the ones who are running half-naked through the streets at 3 AM, singing, screaming, puking alcopops in the bushes. Smashed goes down with a slow, genteel burn.

Bear is barking to be let in through the side door.

Tomorrow, I’ll go for the second day of the young writers’ conference, telling the tweed-jacketed director only that I’ve been sick. My dad says hardly anything. The seating arrangement makes me feel like a fox in an English hunting painting. Her parents must have warned her not to have friends over while they were gone because ssmashed wouldn’t let any of us inside her house to mix drinks properly, in cups.

smashee And speaking of not the whole story–how did she manage to graduate in four years and be able to land and keep a job in the Zailcias magazine world if she was that terribly blitzed? She drinks because she surrounds herself with stronger personalities who drink, and follows their lead.


Jul 30, Holly rated it it was ok. I would stay in my room all day, trying to figure out what happened, if I didn’t desperately need a glass of water. Several times in the book she states that she is not an alcoholic but in one part she compares her attraction to it as a drug addict to his drug.

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If, by the lucky stroke of the plastic wheel, my father would accidentally beat me at Candy Land, I would fly into fits of bawling that I’m told would last for hours. Ads typically feature a group of drinkers. I would never recommend this book to anyone I appreciate the research that the author did in order to make her points more scientific, but I think the memoir alone gets the point across without the numbers.

It’s a brilliant snapshot of what it was like to grow up in the 90s and 00s, and is also an zailckxs portrait of alcohol abuse, told in a way that I think will be really accessible to and resonate well with younger individuals. My throat is so parched it feels raw, and each swallow is arduous.