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People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was.

On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, 24-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn't something Katie should have survived. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same.

In this brutally honest and surprisingly funny memoir, Katie recalls the pivotal event and the long, confusing road to recovery that followed. Between the unprepared nudity in front of her parents postsurgery, hospital happy hours, and the persistent fear that she would never walk again, Katie details the struggles she's faced navigating her new reality. This inspiring memoir follows Katie's remarkable journey to let go of her old life and fall in love with her new one.

©2016 Katie McKenna (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Get Run Over by a Truck?

Those first steps. I was literally holding my breath. And I cheered out loud as I drove.

What does Katie McKenna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved hearing the author reading because I got a true sense of her feelings. Her parents raised her to be grateful and loyal and kind. Teaching by example. And I feel like without that, she may not have recovered with the healthiest mindset. It'd be easy for self-pity and residual bitterness to take up residence inside of her heart over her circumstances however, she faces each issue, as it presents itself, by acknowledging it and facing it head-on. There is no elephant left hanging around in the middle of the room.
I absolutely love that this whole family and loved ones banded together to heal together. The domino effect of trauma affects everyone.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Great performance by the woman who lived it!

What made the experience of listening to How to Get Run Over by a Truck the most enjoyable?

McKenna did a great job of interweaving humor with her unbelievable situation. She comes across simultaneously as vulnerable and flawed as well as someone to be admired.

What about Katie McKenna’s performance did you like?

It's risky when a non-author/non-celebrity writes and/or reads their own story. Just because you've experienced something worthy of sharing doesn't automatically qualify you to write about it or read your own story! McKenna, however, puts out a fantastic performance. Her style reminds me of a combination of Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell (as Veronica Mars)

Any additional comments?

If you are a sensitive reader/listener, beware that McKenna is a little bit of a potty mouth. I can cut some slack to a woman who has just been run over by a truck, but there's plenty of f-bombs in this one - no listening around the kids.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Funny and an amazing story.

Wow....what an awesome story of resilience and strength told in a way where I found myself laughing and wanting to cry. I can't fathom how she physically or emotionally survived, but clearly she is one tough cookie. I have to also mention that her voice engaged me throughout the entire story.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Awesome amazing read

Everything about the book! The narration, writing, story. Just loved it! Highly recommend it. Katie thanks for sharing your story with us.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

This story is almost like Apollo 13 in that you have to remind yourself it really happened. I can't imagine surviving this at all. What a wonderful group of friends and family she has.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • KD
  • Lansing, MI United States
  • 11-23-16

Phenomenal book

Absolutely LOVED Katie M's memoir about her accident and return to health and happiness. It is a must read in the season of Thanksgiving!

She is also a FABULOUS narrator- she will make you laugh, cry, get angry, and feel all the feels. Don't hesitate to get this book!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Katie's writing sparkles in its authenticity

Katie's kind-hearted joie de vivre shines through every chapter of her inspiring book. She writes as if she is talking to her best friend late at night, with unflinching honesty as she shares the highs and lows of her unimaginable story. I loved it!

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Wonderful story!

The gift of the human spirit rising above anything we could imagine under the most horrific circumstances. Beautifully written & read by the author, thank you for this gift. Her humor & courage is a blessing.

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Memoir or Fiction???

As I was listening to this story, I had to remind myself that this was TRUE, a 25 year old woman really was run over by a truck and lived to tell the story....Katie is clever, a great writer and honest about her hardships....honor her by reading this book, you won't be sorry.

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  • Cathy
  • Peabody, MA, United States
  • 09-09-17

Interesting Story of Perseverance and Pain

A fascinating listen with compelling narration by the author herself. I cannot even imagine the horrors of getting run over by an 18-wheeler and surviving. Katie describes the accident and her long recovery in intricate detail. If you're squeamish, this probably isn't the book for you, but the candid details really make you feel - and that's what all good books should do. I enjoyed the story even if it made me cringe at times. Bravo to Katie too, for taking the time to point out the frightening lack of sensitivity and bedside manner in so many health care professionals today. It is a sad truth, but a truth that needs to be told more often so perhaps something can be done about it. Overall this book is worth a listen. It will make you appreciate life, and once again realize that others in this world have suffered unimaginable loss and made it through.

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