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A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting debut that will appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Stay out of trouble for one more year, and Katie Martin can leave her small town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey star on the fast track to a college scholarship, but her relationship with alcohol has always been a little questionable...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Smashed is one of those books that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. I have to say that I was shocked by this book. By shocked I mean in a good way because it dealt with issues that every teen faces. Drinking and bullying and depression are so high up on teens lists of pain that I feel for the teens growing up today. Smashed is a great book for teens to read to see that even though you may be spiraling out of control you have to learn to trust someone and tell them your pro...more
Spark740
Oh, the drivel that gets published these days!


on with the review. Good Stuff:
The writing quality is honest and simple to follow. It has a good flow. The characters are distinguishable.



Bad Stuff:

1) Language and Content.
This should be in the adults' section (if it escapes being officially burned in the centre of the earth). "Jesus", "damn", "b----", and "f---" and "f------" occur very frequently. Everyone swears.
There is explicit sexual description of boys reaching up girls' bras and tearin...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was an okay story, but I felt like the addiction part of the storyline didn’t really kick in until near the end.

Katie was an okay character, but why she continued to hang out with Alec, when she didn’t want to fool around with him, and he kept encouraging her to drink herself into a coma I don’t know. Maybe she just wasn’t smart enough to realise that he was a bad apple, and that hanging with him was only encouraging him, something she made clear she didn...more
Abbie
Actual rating - 2.5

Smashed was an okay read, but it wasn't as good as i expected it to be.

I felt sorry for Katie, i really did. What happened to her was awful, and i wouldn't wish it on anyone.
I kept on hoping she would stay away from Alec, as you could tell from the start he was a bad apple... but unfortunately, she carried on hanging out with him, until he went to far.

I did get quite bored throughout the book, as it took ages for it to get to the tipping point.
It didn't happen until near the...more
Lori
3.5 stars

Cross posted at I Just Finished Reading...:

I don't often read YA, and there's a really good reason for that which I will note in a moment. But this is a coworker's debut novel. So I really wanted to read it.

The novel takes place in small-town Maine. Katie's dad up and left them - just went out one day and never came back. Katie doesn't know if he's dead or alive, but works on the assumption that he's still alive. Her mom works nonstop and when she's not at work, she is hanging out in Po...more
Liana
I was super excited to read this one based on the early buzz and the subject matter. It's just my type of book. As soon as I got my hands on a copy I moved it to the top of my TBR pile and started reading. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the beginning. The writing was kind of cheesy, more shallow than I was expecting. There were a lot of italics which annoy me, personally. (I'm from that school of thought where italics shouldn't be used really unless it's fanfic) But about 1/3 of the...more
Alice Belikov  First lady Ivashkov
This is the second below four star review I have written and I really thought this one was going to be good. I will admit that I didn't really read the synopsis because I was so in LOVE with the cover, I don't know why I love it so much but it's so different so I thought it was going to be a a good read. Unfortunately this book fell flat for me in so many ways. The characters were so weird, Katie's moods were unstable/unpredictable and the story was just SO DEPRESSING I couldn't really get throu...more
Jaiden
Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books

*Warning..review is rather long but...I had a strong opinion about it....read on at your own discretion*


~Review:
I've read my fair share of contemporary books with the theme being a broken girl thrown into a mix of lies, broken family, etc. It's easy for these kind of books to merge together, each one becoming a replica and nothing outstanding. I have to say that Lisa did a great job at creating Smashed so that it does not blend in with the background but i...more
Halkovic's-Classroom
Smashed
By: Lisa Luedeke

A girl, Katie, is on her way to a successful college scholarship. The most popular guy in school, Alec, sets his eyes on Katie. One bad night, Katie makes one bad choice that threatens her dreams. This book is about a girl named Katie, she is a field hockey star on her way to a college scholarship. There is one problem; Katie has a strong relationship with alcohol. She starts talking with this “Alec” kid and one bad night filled with alcohol ruins Katie’s life forever and...more
Isamlq
With Katie doing what she was doing: the lying and the drinking and the lying, I was hard pressed to like her. Truly, I was trying not to judge, but couldn’t help it… but this was all before what’s done to her happened! Prior to that, I felt sorry for the girl but nothing more than that. After, if I set every other thing aside, like she’s too down on herself or like he is in a class of his own in being a douche almost to the point of being criminal, my main issue is that i felt it a load of croc...more
Susan P
Met this author at ALA in Anaheim. This is her first book. It ended up being one of the books I chose for my plane ride home from the conference.

Katie is a field hockey star at her small Maine high school. With her dad out of the picture she'll never get to college without a scholarship, so that is her sole goal during her senior year. Unfortunately however, Alec is also in the picture. Katie and her friends have never liked him. At school he's one of the rich, popular kids, who bullies those wh...more
Marie
This book has a good concept and a good underlying moral. Katie is strong and she has had a pretty rough year, and she's only 17.
She has the normal 17 year old worries like getting a scholarship for college, graduating high school and boys.
But she also had a load of shit going on at home along with 10 million other things.

I loved what the book stood for, but again I wasn't wrapped up in the story.it kids made me feel really sad and depressed and i just wanted to finish it and forget about it....more
Aliyah
Jan 22, 2014 Aliyah added it
Smashed by Lisa Luedeke is a thrilling book. Katie who lives in a small town called “Westfeild” is a senior on the varsity, field hockey team at her high school. She is a captain on the team and is looking forward to her future with field hockey. As it is scouts are already contacting her to give her a full scholarship and to tell her to choose their college. Although she is on summer break, with her mother never home and her little brother always at his friends house and no father. Katie begins...more
Sandy
Katie Martin is on track to get a field hockey scholarship that will be her only chance to go to college. She’s hard working and has some good friends but all is not right in Katie’s world. Her father abandoned the family when she was young and his absence haunts her. Her mother is hardly better. She has a personal agenda that keeps her away from her children a substantial amount of time. Alec is the big man on campus at Katie’s high school; the popular jock who struts around and does whatever h...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Smashed is a gritty and hard hitting book. I connected with Katie and it was hard to watch her spiral down and lose so much and be in so much pain. I could predict what would happen, just not how she would get there, but it was still a hard and emotional journey.
Smashed is for mature teens because of the drinking, drugs, and hard and dark issues. While Lisa handles everything with finesse, it is still a dark book. It is laced with hope and healing, but it is a long journey to get there.
I wa...more
Suzanne
Told in hindsight to her college counselor is this story of Katie. Her life before the summer prior to senior year of high school was defined by several elements: living in small town Maine, playing field hockey well enough to contend for a scholarship, enjoying two best friends, one male and one a teammate, both of them much more advantaged in terms of family and money. Her dad took off several years before; her mom works long hours as a nurse and prefers staying in town with boyfriends to make...more
Anthony
Smashed, written by Lisa Luedeke, is the story of Katie and her struggle with alcoholism, seemingly charming and popular Alec, and a handful of secrets on the side. In this novel Lisa Luedeke does a good job of making us (the readers) able to relate to Katie's character, and understand some of the bad decisions she makes throughout the novel. From the very beginning I thought the book had a great hook, and it only seemed to pick up from there. It almost felt as if I were going through the strugg...more
Barbara
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Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: For some reason, I thought this book was going to be more of a lovefest than a fightfest. HAHA.

We are introduced to Katie who is a star hockey player. She lives with her mother who is never home and her little brother. Katie likes to party and drink. She also has a best friend named Cassie. She is also great friends with her neighbor Matt.

Katie starts to bond with a guy named Alec. I’m not sure how to really describe him. I never liked him from the get go. I thought when I started...more
Meagan
There are so many times in reading that you want to take a character out of their situation, hug them, and tell them it'll all be over by the end of the story. Maybe some horrible things have happened, or they've made some terrible choices, or they've been hurt. But there's some little string that connects them to you, tying their story to your heart -- character depth, a compelling voice. Whatever it is, it convinces you that this character is someone to root for.

Katie Martin is not that kind o...more
Katie
Smashed is an amazing book that I was unable to put down. I constantly had to know what would happen next to Katie. This book is extremely emotional, and the writing makes it impossible to not feel bad for Katie. I rooted for things to get better for her.

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Katie is a great main character. She has many issues, but it is still easy for the readers to want her to get better. Many of her problems stem from the fact that she drinks and parties too much. Her dad left when she was...more
Kathryn Negard (Just a Hunch Book Blog)
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Jessica
this book had potential, but it dragged on FOREVER before it got interesting. I swear, it was only the last 1/3 of the book that was finally able to hold my attention. i'm surprised i made it through the entire thing; in fact, i think it's only my desire to read 100 books this year that did get me through it.

here's the thing. the main character, katie, is a teenage alcoholic. to call her a drunk would be too nice. yeah, she's got some issues that we could say are her reasons for being an alcohol...more
the golden witch.
3.5/5 stars.

While I wouldn't entirely compare this to "Speak", I can see why the comparison is being made. "Smashed" is a pretty powerful, raw debut novel that talks about one of the "tough stuff" areas that we don't see touched upon very often - that of the active downward spiral of becoming an addict. We've seen YA contemp deal with teens whose parents that are addicts, or where teens are in rehab for addiction (the latter seems to be the rarer of the two), but not the actual process of the t...more
Harry Brake
In looking at Smashed by Lisa Luedeke, the interview we had with this author came alive. Going into a Young Adult Lit novel without knowing the plot, and gathering pieces of the action, then reading the text, it is similar to anticipating a film. This novel holds nothing back and rewards the reader with all the true dilemmas, maybe not all, but many of the dilemmas that face individuals in high school on a day to day basis. Despite the "station" or "position" someone has in high school, thanks t...more
Ari
I don't know why people are giving this book such bad reviews. This book, in my opinion, is so very real and honest. It talked a lot about the typical issues us teenagers face such as drinking/drug addiction, bullying and even rape culture. The ending is kinda disappointing because the rapist got away without any consequences but I guess that's what happens in real life. So yeah it's very honest and genuine.
Monique
Smashed was a decent book. The main character Katie started out as a typical girl next door but as in most stories she had secrets. I read one review who took issue with all of the drinking in the story. After finishing the book I completely agree. The excessive underage drinking was too much and the lack of parental supervision in Katie's home was awful. I would recommend to mature teens or young adults.

It is a good cautionary tale for teens and would make for good discussion in a teen book clu...more
Briana
3.5 stars

I made a mistake and compared this book to Speak (by Anderson??), therefore holding it to really high standards. Now I'm not saying this was a terrible book. It was good actually. I'm just saying that in the description they state that this book is great for readers who loved Speak. I hurt for the main character because I could see what was coming. I did get a little annoyed with how long it took, but I understand that the story just needed to be that way. This was one of those books wh...more
Khim Anne (someonepurpleblooded)
Another book that speaks the truth abouth the issues teenagers are facing nowadays. Relayed in an honest, straight-forward, and simple way it simply stays with you long after you finish reading it.
Jen Selinsky
Katie Martin will be a senior year in high school. Her father left the family year ago, and her mother is absent most of the time. Katie dreams of obtaining a hockey scholarship—getting a full ride for college. When the handsome school bully, Alec Osborne, begins to notice Katie, things change. The two of them start spending time together, much to the chagrin of Katie’s two best friends. After a near fatal accident involving drunk driving, Alec covers up for Katie so that she still has a chance...more
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Lisa Luedeke grew up in rural Maine, where she fell in love with writing in high school. She is hard at work on her second novel, which is set in the same small Maine town as Smashed, but with an entirely different cast of characters. She lives in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with her husband and young daughter, where they ski, swim, hike and hang out at their local bookstore, The Toadsto...more
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