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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.