What makes drinking so seductive to teenage girls, even more so than boys? In Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood [Penguin Books], young author Koren Zailckas explores this question as she picks apart her own life experience, her most personal feelings and insecurities, starting at age 14 when she and her best friend steal nips of Southern Comfort and proceed to initiate their girlfriends into the world of booze.
A riveting, emotional story, Zailckas holds nothing back as we journey with her through hangovers, stomach pumps, blackouts, one night stands, date rape, and losing control over the last vestiges of school and work. Careful to continually reinforce the sad truth that, not only is she not unique, but that “there are multitudes”—Zailckas proves our culture does everything to encourage young people to drink by tucking in facts, figures and footnotes—but without losing the story. How lucky we are that she survived to tell this all-too familiar tale.
This book should be essential reading for high school and college-aged American women. Hell, this book should be essential reading for anyone who knows or loves a young American woman. Cheers!
Now in paperback.