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Smashed : Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143036475
  • 9780143036470
  • 570,353

Review quote

"Bookstores are flooded with boozy bios by former girls gone wild." This one rises to the top. -People

"Poised and elegiac... Smashed goes down with a slow, genteel burn." -The New York Times Book Review

"A mortifyingly credible story." -The New York Times

"Brilliant and horrifying." -The Baltimore Sun
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About Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas is the author of the memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, which appeared on ten national bestseller lists and spent twenty weeks on the The New York Times bestseller list. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter.
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Table of contents

Preface


Initiation
First Taste
First Waste
First Offense
Coma Girl


The Usual
All You Can Drink
Greek Mythology


Excess
You're Pretty When I'm Drunk
Love in the Time of Liquor
Beer Tears


Abuse
Ascent and Decent
Liquid Heart
The End Has No End
The Still-to-Learn
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Rating details

21,364 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 20% (4,246)
4 31% (6,533)
3 33% (7,084)
2 13% (2,671)
1 4% (830)

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SMASHED is a chilling novel of female alcohol addiction. For Koren Zailckas, it started at age fourteen, and from her first drink of Southern Comfort she was addicted. Koren later joins a college sonority, which just gives her more of a reason to get really drunk -- and more people to do it with! The writing isn't the most brilliant that I have ever read but the story is definitely good. Most alcohol addiction books are about a male, so this is a great book to read if you want to learn about this subject -- or even if you are just a curious reader. There is not a lot that you can say about this book without giving the whole thing away! Even though she drinks excessively, Koren never goes to rehab or actually goes to an AA meeting! And unlike James Frey's embellished novel of drug and alcohol addiction, this one is the truth.show more
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