Are they that clueless, or are we not getting the entire story? You've been researching drunk girl porn sites, which you touch on a little in the book. Cut the proverbial umbilical cord. I work in student affairs and I will encourage my colleagues to read this book. After this, she realizes that she has a problem and that she needs help. She links girlhood drinking to feminist concerns, including and not limited to deceptive and sexist advertising campaigns, frat boy behavior, and, most importantly, girls' tendency to swallow their anger instead of expressing it openly. A lawyer I talked to said the release forms hold. She gets wasted and breaks into fraternity houses.
I think it just goes to show how universal the experience is. To view it, On one hand this girl is the sort of over privileged basic with no actual real life problems who seems hell bent on destruction as an expression of how great her privilege actually is. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Is it suitable for teen readers? But reviews of this book that emphasize the extent to which she blames her environment are right - she started and began to enjoy drinking to get drunk at a very young age, so it seems surprising that the level of drinking she found in college came as a shock to her. And I certainly don't want to victim blame but this girl knowingly puts herself in constant danger of being raped. It gets a little more interesting after she leaves college but nothing compared to real stories about alcoholics, such as Alcohol: A love story, or Dry. Even worse was the ending during which Zailckas droned on and on about how the government, advertisers, and men in general piss her off.
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood is Koren Zailckas' account of life as an alcoholic. Genres: As a high school counselor, I listened to this book thinking it might help me understand self-abuse. That's why American girls are turning into rude, aggressive, macho types. The only reason I gave this book three stars was because her idiotic adventures were somewhat amusing and it gave me some insight to the distorted thought process that many of my clients have about their own drinking and drug use. Riveting, with a powerful message for parents of teenaged girls. The story really hit home for me, having only been out of college a few years myself and having witnessed many of the behaviors she describes.
By any sane measure, Koren Zailckas did far too much drinking during her high school and college years. Smashed is an astonishing literary debut destined to become a classic. What she also realized was that she wasn't the only one. That said, the book has been a pretty depressing read. I appreciate the research that the author did in order to make her points more scientific, but I think the memoir alone gets the point across without the numbers. I stopped reading before I got to Page 50 but skimmed to the back of the book to see if she had relapsed yet.
In high school, her experimentation will lead to a stomach pumping. However -- it does make a few astute observations about college women and drinking. This is certainly true at the sorority she joins, nicknamed the Zeta Alcoholics and reputedly filled with fast-living and fun-loving girls. So, I do have an investment in this story. She rails on against men and the alcohol industry, but shows the reader how her new boyfriend affects her healing process. Even worse was the ending during which Zailckas droned on and on about how the government, advertisers, and men in general piss her off.
I would love to hear a follow-on story of Koren's life after abuse. We learn that she gets her stomach pumped at age 16, and at age 22, wakes up in an apartment in New York City unsure of where she is, because of alcohol. From then on, she will drink faithfully, fanatically. Her memoir uses brief passages to highlight certain memories and dreams of hers. She glorifies herself and is quite self-righteous to think that because she supposedly has the ability to only have one or two drinks socially at the moment, that she is actually in recovery. An astonishingly revealing debut chronicles nine years of binge drinking in high school, college, and beyond. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting poet produces a son they adore.
The good things are worth hoarding until you have a cookie-fat ass, sex-aching loins, joy that fires through you like popping popcorn, or love, the weakness at the sight of some boy who makes your chest ache like indigestion. I figured I'd like it as a given. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. They suck repeatedly throughout this memoir. And in terms of date rape and sexual assault, a lot of us still assume drinking women deserve whatever trespasses they have coming to them. This is a heavy consumption of alcohol in a short period of time, only for the purpose of becoming intoxicated.
Her talent for description turned the book into a 330 page drinking ad. Koren bluntly tells how she started drinking at fourteen and how it stunted her emotional growth, her failed relationships and even a date rape. A book is like a baby, from pregnancy to delivery. I can't help thinking of how different college, or even high school, might be for so many girls if they only read this book early enough. She grew up in the North East normal middle class upbringing She was a shy and easily influenced girl mostly influenced by her best friend Nataile. Me, I find fiction harder. Is she lying or is the 'Cuse that lame of a university? This from someone who has been known to enjoy a few drinks every now and then.