Book Review: How I Learned to Love the Walrus March 6, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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When Los Angeles publicist Sydney Green convinces her boss to let her produce a documentary for the Save the Walrus Foundation, the only one Sydney Green is interested in saving is herself. The walruses are merely a means to improving her career and her love life, and not necessarily in that order. Sydney would’ve killed the project the second she learned she’d be the one having to spend a month in rural Alaska if it had been for any other client. But for rising star and sometimes boyfriend Blake McKinley, no sacrifice is ever too great.
But a funny thing happens on the way to the Arctic. A gregarious walrus pup, a cantankerous scientist, an Australian sex goddess, a Star Wars obsessed six-year-old, and friends and nemeses both past and present rock Sydney Green’s well-ordered world. Soon Sydney is forced to choose between doing what’s easy and doing what’s right.
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 foundation, Sydney does the unthinkable and goes to the Arctic for a month in order to prepare a documentary in which Blake will be the spokesperson. Of course she wasn’t prepared for the adventure the events that would occur while surrounded by freezing cold water and blubbery walruses. Ethan is a sexy yet cantankerous scientist who knows all the right buttons to push to bring out the worst in everyone. There is instant friction between Sydney and Ethan, but we soon realize that the fiction has both positive and negative effects on them both. How I Learned to Love the Walrus is a witty and charming read from start to finish. I found the writing style of Ms. Orsoff to be very smooth and intriguing, with imagery that is well described and easily envisioned. How I Learned to Love the Walrus reminds its readers that sometimes it’s better to risk losing everything and stand up for what’s right instead of trying to ignore the consequences that our actions have on the environment. There is some adult language and suggestive themes so would be better suited for a mature audience.