Around the time she quit drinking, Zailckas became preoccupied with an old memory, which involved a night that she had her stomach pumped when she was 16. Do you have any advice for parents? But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare. It just goes to show what a miserable sneak I was at that time. This dependence creates relationships with others, but none that are healthy. You have to let it go. Koren Zailckas' is a very complex person, with many different personality traits.
For Koren Zailckas, it started at age fourteen, and from her first drink of Southern Comfort she was addicted. This would be her first experience, of many, with alcohol. Koren and Natalie went to a college 973 Words 4 Pages drunk friend the way she should have. In those moments, I think, sure, I could order a drink and momentarily feel more relaxed or more confident. From the Author: In the past decade alone, girls have closed the gender gap in terms of drinking. I'm looking forward to reading more from authors in my generation. When Koren was fourteen her friend Natalie found a bottle of Whiskey at Natalie's parents' cabin.
Zailckas's unflinching candor and exquisite analytical eye gets to the meaning beneath the seeming banality of girls' getting drunk. Almost all of her college years were spent binge drinking, having some disaster, trying to sober up, failing, and going back to binge drinking; this was the cycle that became her life. Koren then moves through high school and college and has what almost anyone would consider a normal relations Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood is a work of nonfiction by Koren Zailckas, chronicling her love affair with alcohol. That summer, for the first time, her parents caught her drinking. Since her drunken self becomes confident and brave, she drinks expressly for the purpose of getting drunk. The author is not very likable or doesn't present her story in any way that makes you feel anything for her.
Her book is deeply moving, written in poetic, nuanced prose that never obscures the dangerous truths she seeks to reveal. Her images are strong and powerful. This book was pretty good, as far as memoirs go. When Koren was fourteen her friend Natalie found a bottle of Whiskey at Natalie's parents' cabin. I like that she finds way to introduce statistics and information into her memoirs, giving it the feeling of carrying a message in hopes of changing our society to recognize teenager drinking and the effects that comes with it for girls, such as date rape, depression, eating disorders, etc. Her images are strong and powerful.
In high school, her experimentation will lead to a stomach pumping. The author maintains she isn't an alcoholic but only a dry drunk could have the energy to talk this incessantly about the same boring repetitive years of drinking as if it was somehow interesting. My guess is that ego and fear are wound in tightly with the answers to both questions. They went because her father had received a raise from the technological corporation he works at, and she had torn a ligament in her knee from falling down the stairs. This encourages the alcohol abuses and shows Koren that it is socially acceptable. It is a problem that many youth kids are facing, and this book perfectly describes a young girls story about her addiction with alcohol and the many poor decisions she makes. It really showed me how you have to know how to keep in control of your own life because one little bad decision could change your life instantly.
A harrowing account, it paints a picture of a young man with every advantage who found himself spiraling into a dark abyss. The pace was a bit slow though, the narration was great. Trying to claim that all women remember their first drink? Zailckas somehow stayed sharp enough to remember the most humiliating things that happened to her. I wish the author well in her stuggle to remain sober and to eke out a living with her writing. I enjoy this more than just one or the other. From then on, she will drink faithfully, fanatically.
It's hard to decide which is more repelling-- the author's repeated debauchery in the cistern of alcoholism or her over-metaphored writing style. Mornings became detective work on her own life. Are you chatty because you're drunk, or because you're connecting with someone on a level that you have never before experienced? I quit drinking three years ago. Koren and Natalie are separated. She talks about her sad tragic friends with horrors! Some Quotations that stood out to me: On the contrary, most every girl I've known drank as an expression of her unhappiness.
Her friends--in high school, in college, and after--live similar lives and together they share friendships forged from and cemented with alcohol. This is the first time that Koren realized just how dangerous drinking is, and that it doesn't make her invincible; but she doesn't let that stop her. Alcohol serves as her vehicle through which to make friends, be more outgoing, and do the things she normally would be terrified to do. The trolley took them to a beach a couple miles away where they were offered beer and drugs from the people at the party. As a father of daughters, I hoped to gain some insight into peer pressures girls and young women face so I perservered to the end of this too-long tome. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. As I was writing Smashed, I did hope it would resonate with young people, especially young women.
Were it not for the author's poetic descriptions, I never would have bothered to finish this pointless story. I'm not convinced I've come to term with old aches as much as I've had to numb myself to them for the sake of spreading the book's message. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. According to Zailckas, she had not thought about that night in a number of years, but she suddenly could not get it out of her head. I chose this book as the topic of underage drinking and alcohol abuse is constantly rising in our society today.