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- New York Times bestseller.
- Smashed is an astonishing literary debut destined to become a classic.
- one of the best accounts of addiction, the college experience, or even what it means to be an average teenage girl in America - Entertainment Weekly
A 23-year-old looks back on the horrifying details of her drinking problem, which began when she was 14 and didn't end until a blackout seven years later, when she was out of college and working in Manhattan, jolted her out of it. Koren Zailckas intends her book to be not only a record of her own torments, but a cautionary tale for other teenagers, providing grim statistics about underage drinking and its results.
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 York Times bestseller. Eye- opening and utterly gripping, Koren Zailckas's story is that of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics?yet?but who routinely use booze as a shortcut to courage and a stand-in for good judgment. With one stiff sip of Southern Comfort at the age of fourteen, Zailckas is initiated into the world of drinking. From then on, she will drink faithfully, fanatically. In high school, her experimentation will lead to a stomach pumping. In college, her excess will give way to a pattern of self-poisoning that will grow more destructive each year. At age twenty-two, Zailckas will wake up in an unfamiliar apartment in New York City, elbow her friend who is passed out next to her, and ask, ?Where are we Smashed is a sober look at how she got there and, after years of blackouts and smashups, what it took for her to realize she had to stop drinking. Smashed is an astonishing literary debut destined to become a classic. ?Gripping... one of the best accounts of addiction, the college experience, or even what it means to be an average teenage girl in America. A.Entertainment Weekly
Number of Pages: 342
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Women
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Koren Zailckas
Street Date: January 31, 2006
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0452
overall: 4 out of 5 stars, see all reviews
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amazing, story of courage.
4 out of 5 stars
erin perrin — 8 years ago
Koren Zailckas's recelection of her teen-hood, should shock us all. This memoir is about a girl who had her first sip of alcohol at age 14. Her descent into alcoholism wasn't a fast one. It was a slow fall from her normal life, to the life of a full blown alcoholic. When Koren went to college, thing...see moreof the reviewer's review