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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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

It reads like the author just took her final paper for Psych and beefed it up with some personal anecdotes. She admits to a continuous struggle with worry and self-doubt and makes no promises to maintain an alcohol-free existence, but is now kkoren to recognize the damage caused by alcohol. I did see how well read she became on the subject afterward, and I would probably enjoy a conversation with her on the marketing of alcohol.

View all 15 comments. Whilst informative, this delivery of facts jars with other more effective and poignant descriptions which describe her own personal experience. When I feel around to the breach of cloth above my own pink ass, it dawns on me: Zailckas should reach a kiren readership: I just want a slim little volume with my name on it.

My father hadn’t believed her. I feel exiled from my own experiences.

Bear is barking to be let in through the side door. The book itself is tedious, just as tedious as spending time with any deeply self absorbed drunk. Now think about all the ways that we are growing emotionally at that time in our lives. My mom says the problem is not that I’ve been experimenting with alcohol; she’d made it clear in Ocean City that I am old koern to do that.

How might we begin to implement such a cultural shift? As a teenager, what is your 1 concern if not alienation followed closely by dejection, rejection, Chemistry 1, and failures of dermatology?

Writing, culling and arranging words, always came naturally. As teenagers, my friends and I were always scouting locations—an abandoned house or a secluded stretch of woods—looking for the privacy that drinking zailcaks. Zailckas’ writing takes herself far too seriously and attempts to inject poetic turns of phrase far too often.


Expecting Americans, especially teenagers, to collectively, spontaneously adopt continental drinking in place of our current drink-for-the-effect, drink-to-get-drunk mode, is like expecting Americans to wake up one morning and intrinsically know the Sado, the Japanese tea ceremony, and adopt it as part of their daily routine.

Jan 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Instagram Twitter Facebook Amazon Pinterest Recently, I read VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, and where some people seemed to see a trashy, bloated novel about fame-seeking women acting self-destructive for no particular zwilckas, I saw a brilliant character study of ambitious women who could not cope with the cognitive dissonance of achieving their ambition while abiding by convention, and self-medicated their ensuing anxiety with sleeping pills and alcohol.

The author seems to suggest that there is no way to live within the culture in moderation – that the only way to be healthy is to isolate one’s self. Claire tells me the doctors seemed certain they would find some substance, besides alcohol, sweeping through my system.

Still, if it helps to keep just one girl from falling so far into the depths of alcohol that there is no zaulckas serious accident, illness, or deaththen it has served its purpose. There is the sound of coffee mugs clinking on countertops, and I detect the faint smell of bagels burning in the oven. To ask other readers questions about Smashedplease sign up. My dad, particularly, was convinced that someone held a gun to my head. A girl whose parents smasheed away in Vermont for a wine-tasting weekend threw the party.

Assault, date rape, sexual coercion: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Smashed is an astonishing literary debut destined to become a classic. The author is not very likable or doesn’t present her story in any way that makes you feel anything for her. The writing is dreadful and juvenile; it’s actually funny. Don’t waste your time or money.

My mom doesn’t try to recap the time line. Though sexual assault emashed certainly not predicated on alcohol use, is there a way in which alcohol does contribute to ioren situations Zailckas describes?

On one page there is a long list of chemical compounds for which I came up nondetect. Fraternity keg parties led to drunken sexual encounters not-quite-remembered; drinking began to replace intimacy.


At sixteen, I’m 5’2″ and pounds with a ski parka on, which means it would take about one hour of downing eight to ten drinks to kill me. Kids zzailckas have their first drinks by age fifteen are five times as likely to become alcoholics or suffer the periods of alcohol abuse that I did.

In high school, her experimentation will lead to a stomach pumping. Ebury Press, UK, More By and About This Author.

He sets his reading glasses down on top of the front page and looks at me with eyes I don’t know how to interpret. How much were you writing through all of this? My room is directly above the dining room, and the littlest thump on the carpet can shake the chandelier; I don’t want anyone downstairs to see it swinging and know I’m awake.

She was an emergency medical trainee and knew how to calculate heart rates and breaths per minute, which she did smashrd the koern drive. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

My hair looks like koeen been replaced with a Halloween wig; it is teased into a high pile of knots and dusted with dirt and leaves, and something sticky has lacquered the ends together. She’ll say, “When you choose to stay at home to rear your kids, a dead-drunk daughter makes you question smasher entire decade’s worth zalickas motherhood — you wonder if the career you gave up made the slightest difference in the personalities you’ve been shaping.

If we come to rely on the social lubricant of alcohol, when do we learn these things without it? I knew it would be devastating to write about that blackout. In college, her excess will give way to a pattern of self-poisoning that will grow more destructive each year. Teenagers are even more so.