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 won’t call it required reading because it has some flaws, but it’s worth your time, really worth it. The last 7 pages of which she chose to reprimand these ads with the volatility of a stifled sneeze With the amount of alcohol Zailckas speaks of having consumed, she still sounds like a child. Alcohol defined Zailckas’s adolescence and college years to such an extent that, as she tells it, she lacks the tools to be an adult: Her college experience didn’t seem all that different from a lot of people I know, so I don’t know why she got to get a book deal out of it.

She can’t feel her own breasts for a self examination because it’s “too embarrassing” and she is super proud to have “maintained her virginity” like a penis entering your vagina is so important and event that it’s somehow defining.

Koren Zailckas – Smashed – eBook

Apr 20, Jaime rated it it was ok. Smashed chronicles Zailckas’ decade-long struggle with alcohol abuse, beginning at fourteen, in an effort to explain the binge drinking phenomenon that plagues America’s youth. As the doctor told my father, a few more drinks and I’d have fell into a coma or died right there on the dock. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


In fact, we’d waited to have this discussion until my dad and I had driven Claire home. Before they read the manuscript, they never suspected my friends and I nicked booze from their liquor cabinet.

That one risk—drinking and driving—eclipsed a dozen others. They pumped my stomach, and I sprung back to life that morning in my bedroom. I also don’t know how zaiclkas suddenly found so much clarity after quitting drinking for like a month. From scanning all the negative reviews below, it would appear that I am in smashwd minority with my opinions of this book.

When the car pulled up in front of the emergency room, my father says, he carried me through the doors the way he used to carry me to bed.

Even things like where they are in their menstrual cycles. Trying to claim that all women remember their first drink? And speaking of not the whole story–how did she manage to graduate in four years and be able to land and keep a I completely disagree with the author and the reviewers of this memoir. Parents zalckas do everything right not that there is one right way to address alcohol with your kids, but that’s an asidethe girl or woman can have Having been a college student at a work-hard, party hard university around the same time as the author, I was highly impressed by how well she understands and writes about drinking culture on campuses particularly the female experience.


Zailcks he puts the full boom into his voice, he can make boyfriends tremble and customer-service reps cry. Want to Read saving…. Abby’s parents were asleep when my friends lugged joren in through the front door.

My sister will be appalled. This from someone who has been known to enjoy a few drinks every now and then. Look Inside Reading Guide.

Alcohol abuse as a feminist issue? However, she states that sex or ‘fooling aroun As a drug treatment counselor I would not recommend this book to my clients.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

What are you working on now? I look like a woman in a zombie film from the s. Time magazine ran a cover story about female binge drinkers. The Saturday Boston Globe is still spread out beneath us, in sections. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This is a book that most women should read, and most men zailcias gain a huge understanding from reading it as well.

Does she think of her experiences as unique? The back of my smahsed is tender against the pillow, and my neck moves in a succession of arthritic-like cracks.