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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
At some point during the book's conception, someone must have planted in Zailckas's head the idea that her story could become a defining tale of her generation. Apparently, she took it to heart. Pop culture references to the mid-1990's litter nearly every paragraph of the first half of the book. If the narrator isn't listening to music by the Crash Test Dummies, she is making a Seinfeld reference, or comparing her having snuck out of her parents' house to the movie The Shawshank Redemption. A flavor of the times is nice, but the references are so frequent and blatant that it becomes furiously aggravating. When she manages to drop her Trivial Pursuit act, Zailckas constantly goes back to her other old-faithful approach - nearly clichéd metaphors.
However, the biggest fault of "Smashed" is in characterization. Supporting characters throughout the book are introduced and left behind with no consequence, no purpose. Not once does a single character stand out from the page and become important for anything other than simplistic symbolism - "The Childhood Friend of the Past," "the Ongoing College Romantic Interest." Characters who actually appear on a more frequent basis are given little description or basis to ever make them lifelike. Most tragic, however, is the fact that Zailckas's poor characterization is also applicable to herself, the narrator. In any story with a prominent anti-hero protagonist, it is extremely important that readers have some reason to want the main character to succeed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the author did a stellar job on her first book. I love her style of writing. I also found the content interesting. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dottie Randazzo
As a young woman who has never participated in the "college life" of partying and drinking till I black out this story helped me better understand the people that choose to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Haley
I got this for my public health class, it was an easy read but not my cup of teaPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
this was ok about a girl who is a drunk. I thought it too be interestingPublished 7 months 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 8 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