Crazy for the Storm ~ By Norman Ollestad – Bee Readin'

Crazy for the Storm ~ By Norman Ollestad


Reviewing and writing about biographies or memoirs is a bit hard for me.  They are such personal stories and  I feel like I am being critical of the author and their story.

Crazy for the Storm unfolds in the 1970’s. The author tells his own personal story of a tragic plane crash in the mountains of Southern California.  Weaving the story between past and present.  He guides us through his childhood and how he fought to save his own life after the horrific crash.

I had a really hard time finishing this book.  The author’s life was filled with verbal abuse and dysfunction.  The father teaches him life lessons but seems to lack emotional attachment.

The author’s story comes across to me as entitled and a bit spoiled.  He lived a life of skiing, surfing, and skateboarding.    The book is very matter of fact and lacks emotion and depth.  The story  felt  disconnected and left me struggling to like any of the people involved.

Again, I am the odd man out.  The book received rave reviews.  If you have read the book, I would love to know your thoughts.

Sadly, home in bed with a horrible cold, I missed book club.  While laying around I thought everyone at book club and what they were eating and chatting about.  I decided if I was hosting, I would have served dishes that were popular in the 1970’s.  Serve them on paper plates with compartments, similar to the TV dinners that families dined on.

Dessert, tie it in with the snow he had to trudge through after the plane crash, serve Ice Cream.  To drink, Hot Chocolate, it warms your soul.  Once you have read the book, I hope those two will make sense.

Bee Readin’

Terri Bee

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