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 arranges drunken overnight dates and doesn’t communicate at all about her boundaries. In retrospect, I can see I was always a writer, always a reader. Were it not for the author’s poetic descriptions, I never would have bothered to finish this pointless story. She gets wasted and breaks into fraternity houses.

Jul 09, Kristen rated it zaiockas it.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. It’s not her fault. The author does precious more than flatly recount the multitude of times she found herself drunk out of more than having “a few too many”, draws thin conclusions to account for this behavoir, and then crash right into the next drawn-out, overly-intense tale of binge drinking woe.

This is a book that most women should read, and most men would gain a huge understanding from reading it as well. She was honest and held nothing back and I found it to be quite relatable. It’s like this book is from the 50s not the 90s.

Koren then moves through high school and college and has what almost anyone would consider a normal relationship with drinking throughout her education, although peppered with occasional moments of blackouts and vomiting. And our approaches to dealing with it—all the punch-a-pillow philosophies—are pretty embarrassing, pretty cheesy.

If she was trying force the belief that she is not addicted to it, then that was a bad bad simile. On November 9,I wake up between the Tide-stiff sheets of my childhood Banister Bed and one thought occurs to me: Are you writing poetry or more nonfiction?


I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that I “enjoyed” Zailckais’s story, but it did move me. Koren wants the reader to understand that she considers her drinking history overindulgent. Kids who 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.

Jan 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Looking for More Great Reads?

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Smashed—Growing Up a Drunk Girl. In kpren second-long flash of memory, I recall someone shaking my shoulders and telling smasbed to pull it together for two minutes, probably so I could ask my dad if I could stay the night.

I don’t know if I agree with that, and I wonder if the author’s relatively young age at the time of publication influenced her attitude which can come off as naive or bratty and her choices.

Her problems and drama were of her zaiilckas making. The Best Books of He asked to speak to her parents, and when she said they were sleeping, he asked to talk to me. In the end, I think my parents did everything in their power zailckss keep me healthy and safe. We’ll be sitting in the kitchen, both four and seven years from now.

When I start to unroll my arms and legs from the folds of the sheets, I feel a sharp pain in my elbow, like I’ve been sleeping on it, and I stop for a moment, trying to decide if that position is physically possible. I’m looking forward to reading more from authors in my generation. Which is crazy, considering a 0. I was hugely impressed by this book, and am not entirely happy with these quotes, as I returned my copy to the library, and I am not a fan of reviewing after the fact.

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As a fifteen-year-old, I remember decorating my school locker with Bacardi ads.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

And my mom, while spooning out three-bean salad, will turn and ask him, “Has Koren told you about the time she almost died? By the time I was showered, I had already missed my curfew, so Abby called my father to tell him not to worry. For one horrible moment, it also occurs to me that Allen, who had driven, might have had too many sips of straight rum and veered the car kpren the road on the way home.

It made me think there was hope for me. Assault, date rape, sexual coercion: She gets mad when the kooren she dates leave her for other girls who idk probably actually like men.

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. Apr 23, Erin rated it liked it Recommends it for: I started writing poetry that year. But as I was writing the first draft of SmashedI came to a crossroads early on. It is the look of crude disbelief. May 04, kira rated it did not like it.

Dental hygenistry is a viable vocation. I also started sneaking out of math class to go read paperbacks in the school library. Feb 26, Leslie rated it really liked it. But what kind of friendships are these, and what exactly are the young women bonding over? We try our damnedest to deny it.