Book Reviews of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Author: Koren Zailckas
ISBN-13: 9780670033768
ISBN-10: 0670033766
Publication Date: 2/7/2005
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 162 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
Mostly a "drunk-ologue", no real reflection on the underlying issues and implications of her behavior. Zailckas was only sober 6 months or so when she wrote this, so don't expect a triumphant story of overcoming her addiction. "Drinking: A Love Story" is much better.
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Helpful Score: 5
I'm not sure what to think of this book. In places it made me laugh thinking back on old college days, but mostly I was disgusted. I can't imagine how she made it through college. The book just goes on and on about how much she drank. I think I would have gotten the point in half of the pages.
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Helpful Score: 4
Brave and quite unflattering retelling of the young author's destructive relationship with alcohol. Just when the reader tires of the author's zillionth hangover description, she makes it a worthwhile read in the last 2 chapters. A highly recommended read both for teens and for those who care about them.
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Helpful Score: 3
I thought this was a great book and finished it in a couple of days. The portrayal of binge drinking for women in theis age group was dead-on. I felt like this story could have been mine or that of many close friends. Puts into perspective the "normality" of getting smashed everyday until you get that wake-up call.
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Helpful Score: 2
Slightly depressing, but good for soon-to-be college students to read. A small taste of real life for them.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really liked this book. I got it in a bargain bin, but would have paid full price. Maybe that is because I related to the main character a lot. If you have gone to a traditional 4 year college and were maybe involved in the Greek system, or were a classic college binge drinker, you could relate to her on some level. I would recommend this to a lot of my college friends. It makes you reflect a little on your own life.
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Helpful Score: 1
Smashed us 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.
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Helpful Score: 1
At age 14, Karen Zallickas becomes a full fledged drunk. Raw and frightening. It takes many years of self loathing to finally become sober.
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Helpful Score: 1
I read this in college & it resonated with me. I looked back and saw moments when I was 'that' girl, which is scary in retrospect. It did a really good job of showing the motivations behind binge drinking for girls. I liked it, but I don't think I'd appreciate it as much when I'm older and my memories of college aren't as substantial.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book to be very boring. Nothing really happens, except her going on and on about how she got drunk. I read the whole thing, hoping it would get better, but it never did. Don't waste your time with this one!!!
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Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

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.
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Hmm... Interesting, yet very helpful. All my friends have become addicted to alcohol, but I read this book and quit drinking. I have been sober ever since.
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hard to get through but well done
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I enjoyed reading this book but I can not say I liked or respected Koren.
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This was an awesome book. I was able to relate to it very well, but even if it's something you don't relate to, it's still an interesting read.