Based on events from her own life, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood follows the journey of Koren Zailckas from her first sip of alcohol to her subsequent alcoholism. This novel chronicles her actions through this rocky period of time in her life and serves as a warning against teen drinking. Her story is a tragic example of the detrimental effect that alcohol has on teenagers and adults alike. Teen drinking is a common issue in society today, so I thought that it would be an interesting novel to read. I was pleasantly surprised with the reality of the novel. I enjoyed that Zailckas did not sugar coat the events that took place in her life. She has a very blunt writing style, which is seen through the course of the novel. Smashed is full of drama, and will certainly keep you on your toes. This novel has the ability to impact one’s way of thinking and causes the questioning of one’s judgment. The tone of this novel is mostly dark with themes of depression, fear, and insecurity. Overall, this is a fairly interesting novel. The story itself is pretty depressing, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who want to read something light.
Reviewed By Jessica R.