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For LA publicist Sydney Green, walruses are the key to saving her job and her love life. That’s why she’s agreed to spend a month at a walrus preserve in remote Alaska producing a documentary — a cause célèbre piece featuring Hollywood heartthrob Blake McKinley, Sydney’s stalwart client and sometimes boyfriend. But this accomplished city girl finds herself woefully ill-equ ...more
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Candy
Dec 05, 2010 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tell me if you've heard this one before:

Big city girl traipses off to some remote location where she breaks a heel, learns a lesson and falls in love... Yeah, okay, it's been done before. It will be done again. Repeatedly. It's a formula that works well, but we all know where it's going to end.

What set this one apart is that it has a cause behind it, a cause that the author has researched well. Yes, okay, that has been done too, but I didn't feel like the author was shoving the walruses down my
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Andrea Heltsley
This is the second book I've read from this author. While the book was okay, it by no means was spectacular. The overall story was decent, but the slow nature of the plot made it hard to continue. The romantic resolution to the story was as hoped, but the love interest was not fully developed, leaving me slightly unsatisfied with the overall book. Three glittery stars.
Jaidis Shaw
Mar 06, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I Learned to Love the Walrus by Beth Orsoff is a romantic comedy that introduces us to Sydney Green. Sydney happens to be a publicist and will do whatever she has to do to ensure that her clients are happy. So when super hot and charming ex-boyfriend Blake re-enters her life and hires her, she is determined to do whatever she can to not only make him happy, but to rekindle their lost romance. When Blake suddenly gets the crazy idea that he wants to be the face of the Save the Walrus foundati ...more
Cathy
Mar 19, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance - fun cover, and great title! Overall, a really enjoyable chick lit book! I loved that this was a story I had NEVER read before - by that I mean, it tackled a topic, environmentalism, in an area, Alaska, that i had never read about while maintaining a lot of the main elements of the chick lit/woomen's fiction genre. I didn't know what to expect at first. Like the leading heroine, Sydney Green, I don't know much about walruses. I don't care to know much about walruses, but getting ...more
Sheryl
May 31, 2011 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what I'd call chick-lit but with more depth. When the book starts, Sydney Green is not the most immediately likeable character. Unlike many of the people she works with, she's not a bad person, but her priorities are skewed towards the materialistic. And like many characters in chick-lit books, she's infatuated with a man who is obviously wrong for her.

During the time she spends on the Wilde Island in Alaska, Sydney learns to look at the world (and people) in new ways. Reevaluating
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Bria Chaffin
Oct 26, 2015 Bria Chaffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reread this and loved it just as much I did the first time. Very different from what I usually read, but still a sweet story and wonderfully written.
Elisabeth
Ok- I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked that it was an actual chick lit book. It wasn't a romance, it wasn't a mystery, it wasn't anything other than the progression of the main character in her own point of view. So that I really liked. We saw the growth of Sydney over time. The things I didn't like about this book were A) the language. I felt it unnecessary. It didn't add to the story. And B) I didn't feel like we really got an ending. And I don't have to have everything wrap ...more
Alastair Rosie
Jul 14, 2014 Alastair Rosie rated it really liked it
GIRL IN THE WILD
BY BETH ORSOFF

Girl in the Wild is a romance novel that takes place on Wilde Island off the Alaskan coast. The protagonist, Sydney Green is dispatched by her boss to the island to produce a short documentary on walruses with her client, Hollywood heartthrob, Blake McKinley as the face and voice that will open pockets and hopefully salvage his bad boy reputation. One of the flies in the ointment is her relationship with Blake, to the outside world she's his publicist but behind clo
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Bcoghill Coghill
Dec 10, 2012 Bcoghill Coghill rated it really liked it
I loved the first paragraph and the rest of the book was pretty good as well. How many of us think they are going to accomplish great things and save the world from this and that only to be bogged down the reality of paying off student loans and coping with evil bosses. Our heroine is there for you. With all sincerity she is trying to deal with job, long-term crushes and other interesting people as well as the fate of Walrus in these days of global warming. She does surprisingly well.
J&B Reviews
Pretty good story.

I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I was intrigued by the premise and I found the story to be very informative but I felt like it could have been so much better.

I liked Sydney, the main character, and I didn't find her as shallow as some of the other reviewers have. She was exactly like you would expect a city girl would be. She was used to indoor plumbing, sleeping in an actual bed and most of the accoutrements of civilization that we take for granted. I don't th
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Deanna
First I would like to thank Beth Orsoff and Goodreads First Reads for the chance to read this book. Below is my honest review.

Girl in the Wild is the story of Sydney, a Hollywood publicist that ends up going to a remote island in Alaska to do a documentary on walruses to promote her on-again/off-again boyfriend Blake and his cause. While she's roughing it on the island she finds herself learning more about walruses and herself than she thought possible.

To be honest, I had a little trouble getti
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Nelia
Sep 14, 2014 Nelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty fun in places, if quite predictable. The big problem was the love interest. He was meant to be your typical "at first he is a jerk, but then he ends up being the right guy for her in the end". However, (view spoiler) ...more
Paula
Jan 19, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sydney Green is a publicist assigned by her sexy movie star lover to find him a cause. Blake, sexy movie star lover, is going to be the spokesperson to save the walrus. Sydney is taxed with spending a month in Alaska to volunteer for the walrus foundation for permission to film Blake caring about the walrus. Her volunteering leads her on a week long adventure in the Artic with older, egomaniac, scientist Ethan.

This was a good read with witty banter, comedy, and information regarding walruses th
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Bookmom
Feb 20, 2011 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sydney Green is a publicist fighting to keep her clients from being stolen by an associate and doing everything she can to keep lover/client actor Blake McKinley happy, going above and beyond what most people would consider reasonable. When he decides he wants to better his image by supporting a cause, they pick one that other celebrities haven't yet touched. Sydney heads off to a Foundation volunteer camp for one month in Alaska in order to produce a short documentary about walruses, figuring s ...more
JoLene
May 17, 2013 JoLene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Sydney Green, an LA publicist who travels to Alaska to help make a documentary because her client (and sometimes boyfriend), is a movie star who decided he needed a cause. The cause is saving the walrus --- since he wanted to be different, so Sydney is sent to Alaska as a volunteer for the "Save the Walrus" foundation in exchange for their sponsorship of the short documentary.

This was a fun chick-lit book --- sometimes you just want a quick mindless, but not mind-numbing rea
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Joan
May 26, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not usually a fan of light romance novels, but this book was better than I expected. Apparently is is not self-published like most of the freebie Kindle books - I only saw a couple of grammatical errors, and the writing style was smooth and effective. The story was highly-predictable, of course, but it still held my interest throughout.
Mary jacoby
Refreshing

A refreshingly non-pornographic romance story. A much more interesting story line than most "cookie cutter" romance stories although the main character fits the usual " spoiled, difficult woman who needs to learn a lesson". At least the lesson includes something other than the usual starry-eyed love interest!
Al
Jan 15, 2011 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At its heart “How I Learned to Love the Walrus” is a good chick lit book. Sydney Green is a self-absorbed publicist with a “thing” for the wrong man – Blake, an actor who is also her top client. Sydney would do almost anything to help Blake who is only too happy to take advantage when it suits him. A typical chick lit plot would have Sydney’s relationship with Blake resolve itself somehow. Blake would see the error of his ways or Mr. Right would somehow step into the breach.

What sets Walrus apar
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Kim Kuhne
Nov 01, 2015 Kim Kuhne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Reprinted at "Girl in the Wild".

Young woman goes to the arctic to save her job and ends up discovering her passions in life.

Quirky way to tell the tale of a woman discovering herself and finding love along the way. It was fun, interesting, and entertaining.
Karen A. Clements
Love

This book was so true in the fact that what really matters is often overtaken by needs. Finding yourself and standing u p for who you are is a journey is relatable on so many levels. loved this book!
Gea Marín
This book was fantastic! very funny, but also very real. The characters are all really relatable and the writing is good.




Loved Ethan and Sydney and wish we could've seen more of their relationship though!
Sandra Flannery
Jun 06, 2015 Sandra Flannery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl in the Wild

Girl in the Wild was a GREAT read! I loved the story and the characters. This is definitely a 5 star book! Great job!!
Mel
Dec 12, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading Girl in the Wild. It was a fun chick-lit book that had great character growth, discussed environmentalism, and I couldn't put it down. I took off a star because the tone of the dialog wasn't always clear, but besides that I enjoyed it.
Monica Alexander
Sep 06, 2012 Monica Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I think the title threw me off, but it was my favorite of the books Beth Orsoff had out at the time I read it. I found the setting to be the most interesting, but mix that with a cute scientist and things just got a whole lot more enjoyable, and learning about sea life in Alaska - never thought I'd find that fun, but I sure did. I could completely relate to the main character because I'm defintely not an outdoors type of girl either. It w ...more
Georgia Carvalho
Apr 22, 2014 Georgia Carvalho rated it liked it
The characters were not exactly likeable, and the story dragged on for a bit.
Donna
Aug 14, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl in the Wild
Jyl
Feb 11, 2014 Jyl rated it really liked it
Fun read.
Megan
Dec 27, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed that this book was a light chick lit book, set I'm the backdrop of an animal expedition. I was more interested in it because of the adventure involved, going out and tagging walruses. it was REALLY farfetched though...and it felt like the plot was predictable....high maintenance, superficial girl starts to care about the animals and falls in love with a difficult, baggage laden scientist on the isolated island.
Rebecca
Chick flick type of book. Well enjoyed, slightly formulaic but it was a nice easy read.
Myriam Schärz
May 30, 2013 Myriam Schärz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it! Chick-lit of course, not a lot of brain required to read it but great entertainment because it's not ending with one of those sappy happily ever after wrap-ups.
Even the scientific parts are interesting and well woven into the story.
Loved all the characters who seem truly human and not flat posterboys and make-up ad girls (unless they're supposed to be ... in some cases)but with good traits and bad ones.
Highly recommended for anyone who needs a few hours of life to enhoy herself thoroug
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