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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (5 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091905605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091905606
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully written, oddly affecting..." (India Knight The Sunday Times)

"One of the most original and brutally honest memoirs I've read in a long while. Koren is a writer's writer - and she wipes the floor with any of her contemporaries. Smashed is definitely my find of the year" (Helen Walsh, author of Brass)

"It is a testament to Zailckas's hard, fast, clever writing that Smashed grips from beginning to end" (The Guardian)

"An original and moving book that perhaps starts to explain why we seem to have a generation of bing-drinking teenage girls" (The Observer)

"Well and fiercely written" (Hilery Mantel The Sunday Telegraph)

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A beautifully written and deeply moving account of an adolescence shaped by alcohol - already a bestseller in hardback

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Not often are we provided with stories that touch a rising problem in society. Binge drinking is a problem society can no longer ignore. It is endemic in countries like the UK, Ireland, and USA, and Cameroon, parts of the world like continental Europe, North America, South East Asia, and Latin America.
Smashed is an amazing story of this problem of alcoholism that is prevalent amongst young women. It is quite a scary book that will make many readers cringe when they read about the problems alcohol caused for Zailckas. This book may be a little bit too much for parents because it certainly is frightening and shocking for them to learn that heavy drinking is common amongst the young at such a young age. But as some one who went through that phase, I can relate to the story. It is a problem that should be confronted.
I like the way Zailckas did the narration. Her voice is strong in the writing and her style is unique. Poetic and fast flowing, one gets the story without drowning in compassion for her. After all, it is a past she shrugged off. That is why I think many people will find it interesting reading about this experience of alcoholism or binge drinking from the perspective of a young woman. It has lots of lessons to be learnt. Anybody can become an alcohol addict at an early stage in life. But with courage, determination and support, anybody can bit the addiction, whether as an alcoholic or a binge boozer.
Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, NIGHTMARES ECHO, THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
As memoirs go Smashed won't move you to tears or inspire you to change your life, nor does it claim to. It is actually very factual look at the sociology and psychology of binge drinkers. Koren Zailckas nevers falters in her detail nor in her wit which is what really makes this book. It is beautifully written and easily relatable, and appeals to everyone though particularly if you're a female who has ever had a rough night on the voddies.This book doesn't condemn or encourage binge drinking it simply gives the honest facts from someone who knows
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HeadInTheClouds on 31 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I've recently read this book and at times I had to re-read a line because it had been so shocking.
Koren Zailckas in my opinion is a talented first time writer and I found her book enjoyable.
It opened my eyes to the world of under-age drinking and how difficult it is to transition from girlhood to womanhood. My only gripe with the book is there were a few too many metaphors but even so they did create vivid pictures in my mind. I think this book appeals to older adolescents and adults alike.
If you want a true, realistic portrayal of alcohol abuse then this is the book to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leelou on 15 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
starts of slowly, drawing in you in. Then before you know it you have drank the whole book in one, marathon session. I spent the next day ehausted and sleep deprived. Ii just couldn't put it down.
I think this book is honest, open and accurate. Although im not armerican nor a university student I can totally empathize with all the situations that Korin finds her self in. Im sure at some point most of us have been there. However the differnce is there was a moment when we said I can't do this anymore and we now save our binges for saturday nights in the pub. Korin obviously couldn't find this switch.
I think this book was amazingly well written, shocking and brutally honest, I think it took alot of courage to write and it was a harsh wake up call to all of us who consider ourselves social drinkers.
Unputdownable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paddy C. on 2 Sept. 2006
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I found this book an excellent read even if I found some of the Ms Zailckas's conclusions misdirected. The book was beautifully written and candid, it started with the euphoria that most people find with their first taste of alcohol and charted the decent into serial binge drinking. The problem is I saw the book as the author's struggle with inner demons rather than a purely alcohol abuse. The abuse seemed to be a symptom of her insecurities despite her undoubted beauty, high intelligence and sensitivity. (Where not Lord Byron and Shelly chronic alcohol abusers?)It is gratifying that she has managed to move out of her downward spiral and found a more meaningful life. However she seems to be blaming alcohol as the problem rather than the chronic introversion. At the end of the book she makes some very valid points about the advertising industries tactics which certainly seem misogynistic however see sees the young males around her as the enemy, as people who have none of the insecureties that she herself has when the reality is they have as equally flawed personas as she has which causes the actions that she so fervently admonishes. Despite all this I heartily recommend this book even if only to provoke discussion like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2007
Format: Paperback
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.

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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