A Great Book For Young Women

4 out of 5 stars

I know that I am by far not the target audience for this book but I still enjoyed it. I was a huge Mythbusters fan and I did enjoy White Rabbit Project so when I saw that Kari was writing a book I had to have it.  When I saw that she was releasing an audiobook and narrating it herself I was even more excited.

Crash Test Girl gives life lessons from a woman who’s “crash tested” her way through life’s major and minor decisions. It is full of advice on how to be a strong and modern woman in these new times and how to stand up for yourself in both life and at work. Being a feminist I loved the advice that she is giving young women out there.

I did find a lot of her backstory interesting.  I didn’t realize how little I knew about her until I got about 2 hours into this book.  She is a fascinating study in doing things her way and crashing into the right decision (or finding out its the wrong one and owning it).

I knew when I watched Mythbusters that Kari being part of the show was important, but as a male I wasn’t sure just how important.  I’m glad that someone convinced her to write a book and I hope that teachers and parents are smart enough to let their students and daughters check this book out.  I think they’ll enjoy it and learn to be stronger and more well-rounded women for it.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Crash Test Girl by Kari Byron (Narrated by the Author)four-stars
Crash Test Girl by Kari Byron
Narrator: Kari Byron
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
Published by HarperAudio on May 8th 2018
Genres: Memoir
Pages: 256
Format: Audiobook
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Kari Byron - former host of the wildly popular, iconic cult classic MythBusters - shows how to crash test your way through life, no lab coat required.

Kari Byron's story hasn't been a straight line. She started out as a broke artist living in San Francisco, writing poems on a crowded bus on the way to one of her three jobs. Many curveballs, unexpected twists, and yes, literal and figurative explosions later, and she's one of the world's most respected women in science entertainment, blowing stuff up on national television and getting paid for it!

In Crash Test Girl, Kari reveals her fascinating life story on the set of MythBusters and beyond. With her signature gusto and roll-up-your-sleeves enthusiasm, she invites listeners behind the duct tape and the dynamite, to the unlikely friendships and low-budget sets that turned a crazy idea into a famously inventive show with a rabid fanbase.

The truth is, Mythbusters was never meant to be a science show. But attaching a rocket to a car, riding a motorcycle on water, or lighting 500 pounds of coffee creamer on fire requires a decent understanding of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Thus, the cast and crew brought in the scientific method to work through each problem: Question. Hypothesize. Analyze. Experiment. Conclude.

And as Kari came to learn in her own life, not only is the scientific method the best approach for busting myths, it's also the perfect tool for solving everyday issues, including:


Crash Test Girl reminds us that science is for everyone, as long as you're willing to strap in, put on your safety goggles, hit a few walls, and learn from the results. Using a combination of methodical experimentation and unconventional creativity, you'll come to the most important conclusion of all: In life, sometimes you crash and burn, but you can always crash and learn.


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