Crazy for the Storm

Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollestad is a memoir about his story in prevailing against unimaginable odds to survive, and live the rest of his life. There are about 20-25 characters in the book, but the main ones are Norman Ollestad, his dad, his mother, and his step dad Nick. The whole story pretty much takes place mainly in California, where Norman's family resides, where his grandparents live, and in Austria for a stint. Norman, or “boy wonder” as his dad likes to call him is an excellent sk Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollestad is a memoir about his story in prevailing against unimaginable odds to survive, and live the rest of his life. There are about 20-25 characters in the book, but the main ones are Norman Ollestad, his dad, his mother, and his step dad Nick. The whole story pretty much takes place mainly in California, where Norman's family resides, where his grandparents live, and in Austria for a stint. Norman, or “boy wonder” as his dad likes to call him is an excellent skier, and surfboarder, doing both with his dad. From a young age Norman started skiing and surfboarding, with his dad taking him on challenging runs from the age of 4. As a result of Norman’s dad pushing him while skiing and surfboarding, Norman is very good at both of the sports. The main conflict for Norman starts after the plane he’s flying in crashes into a mountain. This starts a brutal journey in which Norman must find his way down to the mountain while experiencing the death of his father, and the storm that is raging on around him, all on the steep slope of a mountain covered in snow and ice. However after this event is over Norman encounter’s a new issue in which he must figure

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out how to live alongside his changing self and his dysfunctional family.
I enjoyed reading Crazy For The Storm because of how each chapter was a flashback, from Norman being stuck on the mountain, to times before that, with eventually both meeting up. The story jumps back and forth each chapter, sometimes leaving you on cliffhangers and making you want to read more. I also enjoyed the amount of detail the author put in certain parts of the book. It helps you paint a picture in your head of what that moment or what that landscape looks like. The detail, in the right parts of the book, makes the book complete. I honestly have nothing to say bad about this book, it was very satisfying to complete reading. The story is sad and brutally honest, I like that, but if you don’t like darker stories with bright, happy endings then this book isn’t for you. Also if you aren’t good at keeping track of events that happened then this book will be hard for you to read at for the first part of the book. I have a very vague connection with the book, while I was skiing. About 7 or 6 years ago, I was skiing with my parents in Vail, Colorado, and on our way down I split up with them and decided to ski through the forest. I went off the trail in the forest where I fell, and got stuck while I watched my parent’s disappear into the distance. This is similar to when Norman was stuck up in the mountain without his dad, who died in the plane crash. The differences are that I fell and got stuck, and he was stranded at 7,000 feet on a mountain after his plane crashed. We both got to the bottom of our mountains however....more


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