I picked up an ARC of this book at a convention and probably would not have read it otherwise. It was a bit slow to start and the lack of quotation marks drove me crazy. (Why do people think that is a good stylistic choice? Use quotation marks!)
The book is about Norman Ollestad. As a child, he was on a trip with his father and his father's girlfriend when their plane crashed in the mountains. He was the only one to survive. The book is even more so about Norman's unorthodox childhood and the way his parents raised him and how that enabled his survival. It certainly was an interesting way to grow up, on the beach in California, learning how to surf and ski and survive the occasional wrath of his mother's boyfriend.
So, the book was not bad, once you get past the no quotation marks. This book has been getting a lot of buzz, and has even been called one of the best books of the year. I do not agree with that, but it was interesting.