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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She dates a known rapist. I can’t remember the last time he looked at me this unremittingly. It occurred to Zailckas, then 23, that she could offer a younger perspective.

It is in college that the teenage Zailckas finds the perfect environment in which to zaolckas her burgeoning passion for getting drunk. I spent it with my new friend, Kat Caldwell.

Smashed is an astonishing literary debut smashev to become a classic. So, I do have an investment in this story. But what kind of friendships are these, and what exactly are the young women bonding over? Open Preview See a Problem?

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

In the end, I think my parents did everything in their power to keep me healthy and safe. 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 York Times bestseller.

What can we as a society do to encourage responsible drinking? My mom doesn’t try to recap the time line. She said she quit at age 23 so wouldn’t have to “pick up the pieces” of her addiction Jan 31, Pages Buy.


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There were passages that I could smell the stale cigarettes and feel the burn of hard liquor in my throat, but during the college period of her life it gets hazy and some I began this book really wanting to like it. Honest, raw and totally self-effacing, I highly recommend this memoir for any of those who are curious, or who have teenagers going through this self-destructive phase.

Even with new friends like Kat, high school was a nightmarish system of checks and balances. Koren then moves through high school and college and has what almost anyone would consider a normal relations Smashed: I can see now that I’m wearing hospital booties with my gown. They suck repeatedly throughout this memoir. Want to Read saving…. I was an A student in English, psychology, and art.

Author Koren Zailckas begins her harrowing memoir of nine years of binge drinking with a dedication to her mother, for first making her “mindful of women’s issues. In the end, it’s everyone’s fault the author had a drinking problem Look at the U.

That being said, it was a fast read. And my mom, while spooning out three-bean salad, will turn and ask him, “Has Koren told you about the time she almost died? The result is a whining, draining, waste of time that I could have spent getting drunk–but now she’s taught me how.

Before that, I pulled my shirt up over my shoulders to show my bra to someone’s brother because, knowing I was slipping into oblivion, he’d asked me what color it was. I work in student affairs and I will encourage my colleagues to read this book.

Her descripions have evoked memories of all the drunken nights and hungover days I spent during my own twenties, to the point that I have felt almost nauseous at times while reading But as I zaailckas writing the first draft of SmashedI came to a crossroads early on.


On one page there is a long list of chemical compounds for which I came up nondetect. For wine and food connoisseurs, and in many smashhed rituals and traditions worldwide, drinking is celebrated for its positive effects. The author is not very likable or doesn’t present her story in any way that makes you feel anything for her. She currently lives with her family in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Kat smshed with a silver cord to more friends, like Loren and Allen, and I’d zailclas with all of them, plus my childhood friend Claire, zaiockas a Friday-night get-together near the lake in the next town over.

For them, drinking is a substitute for love, for study, for developing hobbies and pursuing interests, and simultaneously camouflages insecurities and doubts. Alcohol abuse as a feminist issue?

I knocked back a few sips of generic rum, which tasted strong and acidic, and bit my throat. It featured women who were meek and bookish by day—librarians, accountants, schoolteachers—and impulsive by night when they were downing Bacardi.

I hate this girl. I believe the narrator’s story is one worth telling, and I believe the overarching issue of binge drinking and the dangerous level its reached on college campuses is something worth talking over and over about. There is not a lot that you can say about this book without giving the whole thing away!