Gidget by Frederick Kohner
I grew up in the Gidget age - and the coming of age of surfing. I never knew, until recently, that Gidget was based on a real person - Kathy Kohner Zuckerman - and her experiences learning to surf and hanging out with the surf bums in 1956-1959!
The book is written by her father. It is a fun book, but the slang is ancient and a bit stilted being written by an immigrant whose first language was not English....
It is fun to see the rise of the surf culture. For those of us who grew up on the Pacific, it is a culture we know.
What a culture grew up around Gidget ... movies and television, larger than life characters.