Smashed

Smashed

Story of A Drunken Girlhood

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2005
ISBN: 9780670033768
0670033766
Characteristics: xx, 342 p. ; 22 cm

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Lauren31
Aug 06, 2012

The further along in the book I got, the more and more I lost any sympathy for the author. Her repeated assertions she was not suffering from any type of addiction or alcohol abuse, despite hindsight being 20/20 were exasperating, and give false hope to any young girl reading this book thinking they too can quit an addiction simply by deciding to live the 'good life' instead of seeking professional help

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