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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A SMASHING FEAT

What a breth of fresh air! There is nothing like the feeling of being ripped out of your day to experience a story like this. I couldn't put it down (I got caught reading at work, hunched over my desk), the writing sucks you in like a twister.

posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2005

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What's the big deal?

I was disappointed with this book mainly because the only consequences noted by the author are black outs no real legal, social, occupational or family consequences were experienced. In other words, nothing out of the ordinary happened to this substance abuser. I've tr...
I was disappointed with this book mainly because the only consequences noted by the author are black outs no real legal, social, occupational or family consequences were experienced. In other words, nothing out of the ordinary happened to this substance abuser. I've treated substance abusers as a professional for close to twenty years. I've seen prison, divorce, job loss, mental institutions and death. The main character in this book graduates college in four years and gets a good job in Manhattan. If the purpose of the book is to let people know that there are a lot of young people drinking and using drugs out there, then I guess it has served its purpose, but I hardly think that's news to anybody. There are a lot worse things that can happen to someone than drinking herself through college and deciding at the age of 23 that enough is enough. And the main character points out that she is not even alcoholic, so what's the point? I apologize for the apparent shoddy punctuation, but the edit feature on this program is not working correctly.

posted by Anonymous on July 6, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Excuses, excuses

    The lack of substance makes Smashed very hard to read. It is overtly obvious that Koren superficially uses the experiences of high school, college, and being female to cover up for her own personal issues. She has extremely low self-esteem, is physically and psychologically addicted to alcohol, only keeps friends who will support her alcoholic lifestyle, and has parents who are not active enough in her life. She is more concerned with masking her own condition as a general problem of society than taking a deep inner examination of what is leading her to drink. Furthermore, I find it disturbing that this book prides itself as an example of the lives of young women. Just like there are alcoholics who are your neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, and bums on the street, there are also college students who have alcohol problems. However, the fact that there are alcoholic or alcohol abusive students does not qualify as an overall representation of the majority of college students. Accepting this book as a sort of guide to college life only perpetuates the misconception of both incoming freshmen and the general public that alcoholism is typical to college life. Parents reading this book should not be scared to let their children out at night or send their children to college. Rather they should be encouraged to teach their children to deal with hardship and adversity and not look to alcohol or other drugs as a quick fix or an escape.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    Who hasn't been drunk?

    This story's plot was basically about a girl's teenage/college life getting drunk. She comes from a respectable family, decides to betray her parents trust, gets drunk, gets through school, gets drunk, makes cheerleader in college, gets drunk.... Shows how somebody with potential to be a good kid, who has their life handed to them, can easily get away with things. And as for the reading level, it sounded like she took a thesaurus out and looked for the biggest words possible so she can show that drinking hasn't totally ruined her IQ. Appropriate for tweens, and irresponsible teenagers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    eh

    This book is okay didn't hold my attention for very long some parts felt as though they just dragged on and on.it's okay though.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    Nothing New

    This story could have been written by one of many college women, especially those pledging. The author never developed the story, I have to agree it was just a drunk log, listing what drink they drank etc. and never taking responsiblity if she considered herself an alcoholic, not just a college binge drinker. Boring, had to skim most of it just to finish. It would have been more interesting if she would have developed the angle of her relationship with her parents...taking their daughter to get her stomache pumped at 16 and still buying her alcohol for Christmas?? Seems to be something wrong there.

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