By Koren Zailckas
Garnering an unlimited volume of awareness from adolescents and oldsters, and from publication dealers around the kingdom, Smashed grew to become a media sensation and a brand new York occasions bestseller. Eye- commencing and totally gripping, Koren Zailckas’s tale is that of millions of women like her who're no longer alcoholics—yet—but who frequently use booze as a shortcut to braveness and a stand-in for common sense. With one stiff sip of Southern convenience on the age of fourteen, Zailckas is initiated into the area of consuming. From then on, she is going to drink faithfully, fanatically. In highschool, her experimentation will bring about a belly pumping. In collage, her extra will collapse to a trend of self-poisoning that may develop extra harmful every year. At age twenty-two, Zailckas will get up in an strange residence in big apple urban, elbow her good friend who's handed out subsequent to her, and ask, “Where are we?” Smashed is a sober examine how she received there and, after years of blackouts and smashups, what it took for her to gain she needed to cease consuming. Smashed is an fabulous literary debut destined to turn into a vintage. “Gripping... the most effective money owed of dependancy, the school adventure, or maybe what it capacity to be a regular teenage woman in the USA. A.” –Entertainment Weekly
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Extra info for Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
I say nothing. Natalie promises to get me drunk when she comes home for winter break. But the interval seems unreasonable, and it doesn’t console me. I think, Even star-crossed Juliet got to marry Romeo and take him to bed in a single day. Likewise, I’ve been through the ceremony of my first drink. Now I am ready to consummate it by drinking faster, drinking more. Nights, before I go to sleep, I try to imagine what being drunk feels like. I’m not sure why, but I decide the sensation must have weight.
But in a group, you are taught to feel stronger, like the sum of your parts. Gradually, you forget your anxieties and reservations. You practice the buddy system. You falsely believe that tragedy cannot single you out. Drinking brandy with Billie and the boys feels like booking a passage on the Titanic. The thought that we are all going down together consoles me. ” and Billie and me sipping brandy if we have. In my case, this game is perversely embarrassing; which is to say, I’m not embarrassed by what I’ve done, but by how little.
Sometimes she includes goofy pictures she thinks I’ll appreciate. In one she wears a sequined tutu and looks resentful. In another, she kisses a moose head on the cheek. There is something reassuring about every letter I get from Margaret. She isn’t just a testament to my ability to be liked.
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas