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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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Captivating, inspirational, and funny

This was such an engaging book I could not stop listening. The writing is beautiful, raw and brought alive by the authors witty humor. As this is an audiobook I just want to say that the author’s voice was animated and expressive and easy to listen too.

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Inspiring, frank, a good listen

Katie's story is both breathtakingly frightening and inspiring. I have often wondered how I would go on living if I suffered a tragic accident, and my life as I knew it ended. Now I don't wonder so much. By sharing her journey ~ made better by hearing her speak it, in her own voice ~ I can see the ups and downs, the emotional rollercoaster, the path towards acceptance, and seizing life all over again. I also appreciated Katie's sense of humour as she shared her experience. Thanks for sharing Katie.

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Great story about perseverance

I really liked the overall story and descriptive explanation of her feelings and how she explained how vulnerable she felt! She is a fighter yet still showed how she needed her loved ones to help keep that fighting spirit. Very honest and heartfelt story! It made me sad to know how some hospital staff treat vulnerable patients, especially patients that may not have loved supporting them!

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Triumph

Wow. What this young woman went through, what she not only survived but learned so much about gratitude from is staggering. Certainly puts a bad hair day in perspective. She's honest about her weaknesses while celebrating her strength. You should probably read this book.

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Interesting story told by obnoxious person

There's no doubt that it's amazing that this person survived, and she's surprisingly good at narration. However, she's so obnoxious and self absorbed you don't really care. Extremely sarcastic, and irritating to listen to, she goes on and on about feeling sorry for herself. Very little appreciation for the doctors and advanced science that kept her alive.

People grieve in different ways and not coming to visit you in the hospital should never be an indicator of how much someone cares. Those who do come often just don't know how to act or what to say. But on she goes, bitching and complaining, ranting and raving, interspersed with overly religious quips. She's a walking oxymoron.

If you want to read an inspirational survival story, give this one a hard pass. Unless you like listening to a childish, rude ass.

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Being human and living a full life

Listening to Katie McKenna telling her story and life changing experiences I cried, I laughed, I learned about just being human. I couldn't stop listening. This is one of the best books I have heard on Audible. A story with all the emotions of being human.

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Well Told Story!

It was a devastating accident, but Katie told it in a way that you felt for her and laughed with her. It was great to hear her Point of view throughout her whole experience. I highly recommend this book.

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wow

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I felt so many emotions while listening thru her journey of recovery. I found myself many times with tears in my eyes, feelings of sadness, shock and joy.
She is a beautiful human.

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  • Liv
  • 2021-05-23

Inspiring!

Beautiful written and read. So glad to have found this amazing book full of emotion and inspiration!

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Amazing Story

This book is inspirational in every sense of the word. To write about your ordeal in such a way is mind boggling! Katie survive such a tragic accident, going from a delightful free spirit to a destroyed human subjected to so much pain. It shows what humans are capable of surrounded by love. Look forward to your next book!

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  • Leah
  • 2017-04-23

How to book on gratitude

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.

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  • T. Thompson
  • 2016-12-16

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.

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  • Tripma
  • 2017-09-15

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.

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  • Jaime
  • 2016-12-15

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.

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  • 2016-12-14

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.

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  • KD
  • 2016-11-23

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!

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  • Sharey
  • 2017-08-30

Journal of a Young Woman

Pretty good for an amateur giving a very detailed account of her experience. I think young adults would love it. For older adults who've been through health issues, it's a bit of overkill in need of editing but also may be even too relatable! 3.75 stars

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  • KTinNYC
  • 2018-07-07

So good

As a a trauma surgeon, this book looked like a way for me to get a perspective from a patient's view, something I am always seeking. Little did I know that this story largely takes place at my hospital! It was wholly interesting to see the experience of catastrophic injury through the eyes of a true survivor. It made me appreciate the privilege of doing what I do professionally, and the blessing of navigating life fully abled.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-29

Family vs. Hospital

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Get Run Over by a Truck to be better than the print version?

Yes. The author tells her story in her own words and does a wonderful job. She's not just reading a book...she's a friend telling you over coffee about what happened.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katie, obviously. And her bulldog of a dad.

Have you listened to any of Katie McKenna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Any additional comments?

If you have family that loves you and really cares about you, then stop reading this and go tell them. If, like me you do not, take good care of yourself and try not to land in the hospital. If this happened to me, I would be at the total mercy of the medical system. Katie is lucky that she had her family and friends who really fought for her rights in the hospital and made sure she was taken care of. Not everyone is so fortunate.

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  • Thomas Family
  • 2017-03-09

An incredible story, incredibly told.

Riveting, funny, and poignant story made even better by Katie's fantastic self-narration. A "must listen"!

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