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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Eighteen is better than sixteen, which is way better than fourteen. There was a study by the American Medical Association last fall that found kids have more access to alcohol than adults realize and girls are even more adept at finding it. I’m stunned to the point that I don’t dare breathe or kick my feet in a way that would make even the faintest sliding sound on the starched sheets.

Koren Zailckas – Smashed – eBook

I think she nails it. May 24, Valerie Haynes rated it did not like it. I do wish the narrator would have possibly explored taking more responsibility for her actions and addressing her problems without blaming others and going cold turkey.

The whole ordeal hadn’t been the least bit thrilling. 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 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.

I can’t imagine that she would have let me inside, given that I was liable to puke over all manner of Venetian rugs and calico curtains, so I’ll come to imagine that they pulled off my jeans outside on the porch, leaving my underwear fully exposed while they struggled to stick my feet through the sweatpants’ elasticized legs. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


But I’ll never know if I intended to forfeit. Avoid at all costs. What if you had been raped? To view it, click here. ISBN 0 1. From then on, she will drink faithfully, fanatically. I just want a slim little volume with my name on it.

Hornbacher did it well in Wastedbut it came out uncomfortably. Oh and that she needs to get over herself. Zailckas had alcohol poisoning at 16 after a night of downing shots at a party with friends, but having her stomach pumped in the emergency room and enduring a month of being grounded didn’t check her desire to drink.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

A cat-scratch is carved into the corner of my eye; aside from that, my face looks slack and pasty, but unmarked. Trying to claim that all women remember their first drink? If I couldn’t triumph, I didn’t want to play.

My mom doesn’t try to recap the time line. With korn stiff sip of Southern Comfort at the age of fourteen, Zailckas is initiated into the world of drinking. But as a teenager, those images are effective, if not only because you feel so damn alienated at that point in your life.

When the nurse was trying to insert a catheter I kept muttering, “Stop, it’s embarrassing,” proving that even semiconscious, I was self-conscious. She admits to a continuous struggle with worry and self-doubt and makes no promises to maintain an alcohol-free existence, but is now able to recognize the damage caused by alcohol.

She explains that while kids are taught that drugs are always dangerous, alcohol is perceived as an acceptable rite of passage.

Within months of graduating college, she stops drinking altogether. Not very well written. This was crazy stuff! Jan 03, Danielle rated it did not like it. This book was pretty good, as far as memoirs go. I will never again experience one so comprehensive. I knocked back a few sips of generic rum, which tasted strong and acidic, and bit my throat.


I read a lot of biography and fiction on this topic, and I am absolutely impressed with the honest voices that show through time and time again. I did not pass “Go. View all 8 comments.

That said, the book has been a pretty depressing read. Blake was my favorite. All the situations a person instinctively avoids she seeks out. Our bare feet dangled over the edge of the black, rippling water, where we could occasionally hear fish koeen, making plopping sounds like tossed coins.

The story, in its details, had the potential zailckaw hurt and embarrass my family. And my mom, while spooning out three-bean salad, will turn and ask him, ooren Koren told you about the time she almost died? Though sexual assault is certainly not predicated on alcohol use, is there a way in which alcohol does contribute to the situations Zailckas describes? My charts say my skin was cold and clammy, which is one of the signs of alcohol poisoning, as is the fact that I was only semiconscious.

The result is a whining, draining, waste of time that I could have spent getting drunk–but now she’s taught me how. The entire time I was reading this, I questioned the reliability of the author, a severe alcohol abuser zaklckas began drinking at a young age.

They pumped my stomach, and I sprung back to life zailckqs morning in my bedroom. Koren Zailckas is a talented writer who I look forward to reading again, hoping her careful eye will be trained on personal strength rather than personal weakness.

Zailckas should reach a varied readership: