The emotions in this book are so well written, and that was one of my favorite things about this book. Oh and that she needs to get over herself. Does that add to the story at all? This book is about a girl named Katie, she is a field hockey star on her way to a college scholarship. Teen readers will enjoy discussing some of Katie's choices and pondering their own reactions if they had been put in those situations. I mean is there really girls out there like this??? Like the contemporary masterpieces The Liars Club, Autobiography of a Face , and Jarhead, Smashed is destined to become a classic. Even if she's running hot and cold. Good attempt at your debut novel Lisa Luedeke! Gets very boring about half way through, which maybe is the point of it.
There's the answer, but when Katie has no other way to get to the next party, she agrees to go as Alec's friend. This book could have been so good. It almost felt as if I were going through the strugg Smashed, written by Lisa Luedeke, is the story of Katie and her struggle with alcoholism, seemingly charming and popular Alec, and a handful of secrets on the side. Smashed is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. It is her life and she plans on getting a scholarship to college for it. I thought when I started this novel, I would be drawn to him. I did get quite bored throughout the book, as it took ages for it to get to the tipping point.
Luedeke created a wonderful, heart wrenching, inspiring tale that absolutely touched my heart. She finds her car and drives home, where Charlie acknowledges they both are. There's a very powerful chapter where the author didn't use any quotation marks and I would read that again just to admire it. These issues are so common but are often ignored and thought of as unimportant. I had a strong opinion about it. But there's some little string that connects them to you, tying their story to your heart -- character depth, a compelling voice.
Marshall library at Virginia Military Institute. Though signs of something darker lurk within Alec, the way he listens to her and even the common ground they share go far to bring the two together. Help is always right around the corner all you have to do is ask. So are some of mine. Now, enough with that rant, on to the book.
The writing was kind of cheesy, more shallow than I was expecting. Zailckas claims that this first time didn't turn her into an addict, but started her love affair with the bottle that changes her personality. Waking up, Kate realizes she has passed out again. Many a puzzling dawn has the practicing alcoholic experienced. Except all that was depressing seemed to be the reason she was doing what she was doing.
I encourage us to make the best decisions possible. I never liked him from the get go. In a bar, she relapses. 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! For Katie like most other athletes even today that meant sports first, school work, then the partying. Its agents got wind of the plot and arrested a ring leader in Brazil.
Bradford pauses and bites her lip. Much like a bad relationship, she clung to drinking in high school and college as if it were her oxygen; though it was clearly damaging to her physically, mentally, and emotionally, she returned From scanning all the negative reviews below, it would appear that I am in the minority with my opinions of this book. Although Koren had been caught, it didn't stop her from partying, in fact it caused her to do it more frequently. I do wish the narrator would have possibly explored taking more responsibility for her actions and addressing her problems without blaming others and going cold turkey. Even worse was the ending during which Zailckas droned on and on about how the government, advertisers, and men in general piss her off.
At one moment, he'd seem to be a nice guy, and then, the next, he was completely out of control. Whatever it is, it convinces you that this character is someone to root for. My guess is that ego and fear are wound in tightly with the answers to both questions. We really see how the coach is almost a stand-in for Katie's mother, watching over her and noticing things that are wrong with her when her mother doesn't. Why is it that he has fallen hard and fast for her and he can't get enough of her. It took me forever to read this book and it was a little painful but here is a little descriptions of the characters in the book.
I don't know if I agree with that, and I wonder if the author's relatively young age at the time of publication influenced her attitude which can come off as naive or bratty and her choices. I read fiction to escape real life. Her father left the family years before, and now her mother might as well have abandoned Katie and her younger brother since she spends all her time working or hanging out with her boyfriend in another town. Finally one November night during her sophomore year Koren went to a party where she got so drunk she passed out and was unresponsive. All of the friends she makes is because of drinking, she was also talked into trying out for the cheer team which she made , and to pledge a sorority which she enjoyed for three years while drunk. It's a difficult but excellent look at teen relations, teen problems, addiction, recovery, and forgiveness.