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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A prescient documentation of a devastating cultural phenomenon, Smashed is also the brave ,oren story of a sensitive girl who finds in alcohol the means to be the confident, assertive modern party girl that society so wants her to be.

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My parents always swore that in my childhood they had to let me win at board games. Mentally, I retrace my steps from last night to try to find this dropped memory. Paperbackpages. I think she nails it. 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.

I also started sneaking out of math class to go read paperbacks in the school library. Ads typically feature a group of drinkers.

Alcohol poisoning is also a recurrent theme, starting from when Zailckas is in high school. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. 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 ssmashed would last for hours.

She talks about her sad kiren friends with horrors! 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. We try our damnedest to deny it. Even things like where they are in their menstrual cycles. My dad will say later that zailxkas doctors were far less compassionate when my test results revealed I was just another teenaged girl who’d nearly poisoned herself by drinking.


Like a childhood friend, it aged with me. Dental hygenistry is a viable vocation. What do they warn her about? Smawhed Learn how and when to remove this template message. korfn

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Jun 13, Tara rated it did not like it. In a low-lit corner classroom, I’ll try to write a poem I decide to call “Lush,” but I won’t be able to come up with more than a few first words, scarred by cross-outs. But as I was writing the first draft of SmashedI came to a crossroads early on.

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Koren Zailckas – Smashed – eBook

She gets mad when the boys she dates leave her for other girls who idk probably actually like men. When the nurse was trying to insert a catheter I kept muttering, “Stop, it’s embarrassing,” proving that even semiconscious, I was self-conscious. Apr 03, Bri rated it it was amazing Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As for those of us who are already far past that stage, it is nice to be able to read this and relate, knowing that by some miracle we managed to come out safely on the other side.

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


She glorifies herself and is quite self-righteous to think that because she supposedly has the ability to only have one or two drinks socially at the moment, that she is koreh in recovery. I completely disagree with the author and the reviewers of this memoir. The image reflected back at me makes me cup my mouth with both hands: 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 smasbed car off the road on the way home.

Oh and that she needs to get over herself. I learned to keep language to myself. Find specific examples of alcohol bringing out the worst behavior in people.

I’m not sure that it will necessarily deter young girls from binge drinking, because young people are all about the now, and are going to do what they want to do in the zailcka. He asked to speak to her parents, and when she said they were sleeping, he asked to talk to me. But I also wonder if that night wasn’t the first glimmer of a budding death drive, what Freud called the instinct we all have to return to the perfect stillness we felt before birth.

Being the child of an alcoholic, I’ve zaipckas a lot and feel pretty strongly about alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Koren wants the reader to understand that she considers her drinking history overindulgent.

What makes drinking a workable lifestyle choice for some people and not for others?