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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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The author writes lucidly and poetically about her past, showing the effects of her lifestyle without ever trying to invoke pity for anything that happened to her in the past. It makes one wonder how common her story, or at least certain elements of it, are to many young women.
Although the material is often heavy and depressing, this one will keep your attention. A terrific and frightening account.
I read some critics who complained that this story didn't need to be written, since everyone knows that college kids drink, or since Koren Zailckas wasn't even in the running for "worst college drunkard" (I wondered if she would mention the frat boys who fought each other with billiards balls in socks my freshman/her senior year at SU, or the countless sirens every weekend as the paramedics pulled up to the latest case of alcohol poisoning). I kind of think that's what makes it so worthwhile though. Here is this universal american college experience that we all uncomfortably relate to, laid out for us to examine a bit more objectively than we could from any other perspective. We aren't meant to "feel sorry" for her, as so many reviewers appear to think.Read more ›
It's only been recently, now over the age of 40, that I have begun to unravel the role alcohol has played in my life. Koren's book has served to fuel this self-discovery, and somehow I don't think it's a coincidence that it's become the "right book at the right time."
Koren writes, "I've had it with a world that has created a generation of women who are emotionally dependent on alcohol, and then demonized us for our lack of femine control."
I have teenage daughters, and never before have I understood the role marketing now plays in the life of the average American girl. Even the most careful parent can't stem the flow of MTV's booze-ridden programming, which make heroes out of brain dead rock and rollers, and glorifies a week of mindless drinking in Cancun. The pressure girls have today to live up to some Paris-Hilton-pink-martini-life is daunting. My girls have learned that there are quick fixes to every sadness----plastic surgery, cosmopolitans and a new pair of high heel shoes.
Most young girls know what a red carpet is before they learn algebra.
I went to college in the 80's and it was no different then. This is an old story that repeats itself every September when a new freshman class rolls up in their parent's Volvos. Books like Koren's serve to illuminate the problems of girls with low self esteem, living in a pressure cooker to be someone they're not.Read more ›
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this was ok about a girl who is a drunk. I thought it too be interestingPublished 1 month ago by Tina M. Isenring
This was so true,to life...everything this girl,did in the film,i have done,and regretfully,am still,doing...im 49...this is me,with darker,hair...i even,look,like her... Read morePublished 3 months ago by theresa
Shortly after the end of a relationship, this book was instrumental in understanding her life and struggles.
I wish I had the fortune of having this book while I was with her. Read more
Like eating a bag of potato chips, this book starts well, salty and delicious. By the end of the bag you feel sick and foolish for repeatedly eating what has become bland and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jon
I hate rating someone's memoir, basically their life, so low. It's like saying "Wow, your life sucks and isn't interesting." I feel bad. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elyse
I read this book a few years ago and was mainly put off by her dismissal of the monopoly holder of getting sober and staying sober. Read morePublished 5 months ago by drshortt
I do not recommend this to anyone, at all. Especially someone who identifies as an alcoholic. It will not allow me to give this zero starsPublished 6 months ago by Chris Echevarria