Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas, Ellen Archer

From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, twenty-four-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual." With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked-out sexual experience at nineteen, total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at twenty-two, when she realized she had to stop, and all the depression, rage, troubled friendships, and sputtering romantic connections in between. Zailckas's unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath the seeming banality of girls' getting drunk. She persuades us that her story is the story of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics-yet-but who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for good judgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how their emotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with their socially condoned binging. Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars' Club, Autobiography of a Face, and Jarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. A crucial book for any woman who has succumbed to oblivion through booze, or for anyone ready to face the more subtle repercussions of their own chronic over-drinking or of someone they love, Smashed is an eye-opening, wise, and utterly gripping achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400131549
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Koren Zailckas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a riveting account of her experiences with alcohol abuse as a teenager and college student.

Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the coveted Audie Award for For the Love of a Dog by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD.

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Smashed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Koren does a great job showing us exactly what mental and physical addiction is - and then denies she has it. What??? She researched a great deal - but included only those facts that supported her contention that she is not alcoholic. That equals bad research. She talks about her cravings and getting the shakes, but never mentions these are clear signs of physical addiction. If she took the 20 question alcoholism test HONESTLY she would have passed with flying colors!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not what i was expecting and i mean that positvely. I thought this book was amazing in the fact tha she shared about her life and in the book was able to establish the differences between alcoholism and alcohol abuse in a colourful autobiography
lupey More than 1 year ago
amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. As a female college student who fell prey to the allure of alcohol, this book touched me in so many ways. In some ways, you could even say it saved me. The author's writing style is so real and deep. She takes you into her innermost feelings and demonstrates vividly the hold that alcohol held on her life. For any girl in college, heading to college or post-college, it is a must read. It is also a must-read for parents of girls who have fallen into drinking or who are headed off to college. Professors could learn some things by reading this book, as could men who take advantage of drunk girls. It is a wonderful read. Even if you had no reason to read a book about drinking, it is a wonderful memoir of a young girl. READ READ READ!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Smashed Story of a drunken girlhood” (Koren Zailckas) is an amazing autobiography. It describes addiction, depression, being a teen, the high school, and the college experience, perfectly. Koren Zailckas is a great writer, and knows how to describes things in a way where you understand exactly what she is talking about. The book starts with an introduction from Koren explains why she has written the book, where she grew up, when she started drinking, and when she stopped forever. The rest of the book just fills in the details, it outlines her life drinking, showing her decline with alcohol abuse. It ends with an explanation of why she gave up drinking forever and how she is disgusted with the alcohol industry. I liked the warning to underage drinkers, don’t let alcohol take away your childhood, or rob you of the experiences of growing up. This book provided insight into painful subjects, such as rape and depression. I also liked how the book kept the reader engaged the entire time. Koren’s life story is actually quite interesting, and she writes very well. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was when Zailckas would over explain things, she would go into such depth that she would completely go off topic. “Smashed” had lots of great messages and themes. On of them was how men take advantage of drunk women. Koren states “Even my girlfriends, God love them, thought like date rapists. They thought no meant yes.”(pg 288) She explains throughout the book how men just go to bars to pick up drunk women. It’s a good message that you can never be too careful. Another good theme was how alcohol affected friendships. Koren says “We don’t like the same movies or bands or stores. We’ve been inseparable for ten months, but we don’t have a damn thing, aside from alcohol, in common.”(pg 324) She explains how alcohol had prohibited her from very having a real meaningful relationship with anyone. You should read this book, if you are an underage drinker, a teen about to go to college, a recovering alcoholic, or even if just just want an amazing read with good life lessons. Overall I’m very happy that I read this book. It had good morals, great stories, relatable experiences, and mentioned things that others are scared to talk about. I would recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book expecting much more from the story.  From the information I had heard, it was a memoir of alcoholism and the struggle to overcome addiction.  However, what I actually read was a memoir of a girl drinking in high school and college.  There was hardly any substance to the story as it simply spoke of her being drunk. While not poorly written, the book lacks the intriguing pieces necessary to keep a reader interested. Unlike what you expect from a memoir, the story did not contain any thrilling, heartbreaking, or horrifying details.  I would not recommend this book because I was completely disappointed as soon as I started it.  If you are expecting an interesting or inspirational story of a woman overcoming addiction, you will be sorely disappointed with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye opening
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ggrossman More than 1 year ago
Basically just a drunk-a-log.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The world of addiction is not so cut and dry as addict or not. The book is a smoothe read that is refreshingly honest. The author is human and brings her story to you in the same manner. Definitely worth the read for any who either has a complicated relationship with alcohol or knows someone who does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those bookd that i will read again
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Love
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I enjoyed reading it.
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Susan Fintze More than 1 year ago
I read lots of memoirs and this is nowhere close to one of the best. The author has a nice writing style and great, colorful vocabulary, but many of her stories go on too much, sometimes it seems, just so she can continue using her expansive vocab. I found it odd that she uses so much detail to explain her drunken escapades, but each time references her many blackouts...maybe she took too much liberty in adding some fictional details for dramatic effect. And many times, she would cut some of the most interesting stories short without enough detail. Odd.