Monday, March 7, 2011

How I Learned to Love the Walrus / Beth Orsoff

Genre: Chick Lit

Approximate net words: 90-95,000 words

Availability Kindle: YES   Nook: YES   DTB: NO


By day, Beth Orsoff is an entertainment lawyer. But she only went to law school because her parents told her they didn’t pay for four years of college so she could become a professional lifeguard, even if the job did come with health insurance. Always a movie fan, she decided to move to Los Angeles and enroll in USC Law School. Now, when she's not representing movie stars or writing books about them, she spends time with her husband, an author and avid movie fan too. She has two other books available for your Kindle. Romantically Challenged and Honeymoon for One.  For more information visit the author's website.


When Los Angeles publicist Sydney Green agrees to help Blake McKinley, a movie star on the rise and her sometimes boyfriend, produce a documentary for the Save the Walrus foundation she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. Getting her boss to allow it is tough enough. But a month in rural Alaska is farther from Hollywood than she ever dreamed.


At its heart, How I Learned to Love the Walrus is good chick lit. 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 apart and elevates it beyond just good is that how (or even if) Sydney's relationship problems are resolved isn't the story. Instead, Sydney learns life lessons. Maybe she isn't the most important person in the world. Is it possible that by making the world a better place she'll end up a better and happier person herself?

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Ranking: ***** 5 Stars

1 comment:

Helen Smith said...

I read this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, too. I'm afraid I haven't got round to reviewing it but I'm glad to see you gave it 5* - I agree with you and would recommend it. I went out and bought Romantically Challenged straight afterwards (I haven't read it yet but I'm looking forward to it).