- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612184898
- ISBN-13: 978-1612184890
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,920,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girl in the Wild Paperback – September 18, 2012
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About the Author
Beth Orsoff is the author of Romantically Challenged, Disengaged, Girl in the Wild, Honeymoon for One, and Vlad All Over. She was born in New York City and has never lived more than an hour’s drive from the ocean— even spending her formative years toiling as a lifeguard where she was “paid to work on her tan.” When her parents forced her to get a “real job,” she went to law school and forged a career as an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles. Currently, when she’s not writing humorous or suspenseful women’s fiction, Orsoff can be found at her desk drafting Hollywood contracts. Sadly, she no longer sports a tan.
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Sydney is so real. You recognize her character immediately with her "Alaska Boots," faux cashmere, long wool coat as she steps ashore in the middle of a wild life refuge on a small island full of walruses and mud off the coast of Alaska. She is so typically big city, all elegance, and so naive and uninvolved.
But in addition to all the classic styling of a good romance, we get a special helping of insight into the hard work of environmental scientists as they struggle with minimal resources to understand our ecosystem. We leave the story with a much better appreciation of the hardships, the stultifying monotony of data collection, and the incredible value and importance of the work of scientists around the world. It is so immersed in the romance story line this story can't have one without the other.
To that, this highly skilled author gives very real insight into the personalities of these characters. Jill becomes incredibly real with her son being an oh so typical child within such a strange environment - playing make-believe Star Wars on wooden walkways instead of solid ground, drinking chocolate milk, playing on a computer powered by a solar battery and taking it all as normal.
Sydney's transition back to someone with a social conscience is developed with all the finesse one could hope for. And while we love Sydney, we know we hate Mr. Movie Star.
Ethan on the other hand is an extremely complex character for a light-hearted romance. We can't love Ethan, but we finally understand that he has many emotional hang-ups with good reason, and when his compassion shines through, we realize he is human. The cabin scene is one of the best. As is the quiet solution Ethan presents. The book is worth reading for that portion alone. (Can't say more.)
In the end I was beginning to be uncertain which of the two males Sydney was going to end up with. I truly was not sure which way the plot was going to twist. Neither hero came across as a total winner so you will have to decide for yourself if the right guy won the girl.
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 think that makes one shallow, I think that makes one normal.
As I sit here trying to write this review I'm finding that I can't put my finger on why I'm not thrilled with this book. The fact that the ending was predictable didn't bother me. There just wasn't anything that excited me.
Many people loved this book I just wasn't one of them. My verdict is that it's worth a read but I have to say what another reviewer said, the book was just "Meh".
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?
The writer is definitely talented. No boring prose, wooden dialog, or cheesy characters here. Nothing but vivid scenes like you're really in the Arctic/Alaska and characters you want to get to know in real life! There's witty banter, laugh out loud lines, heart tugging moments, and scenes that may make you want to layer up and freeze to death to see what's going on up north.
If you had told me this book is like 90% about walruses and global warming and then 10% romance I wouldn't have read it. Before you slap me, hear me out- I have to read a lot of mentally challenging books for a doctorate class. They drain me.... so when I choose to read a romance book I want a brainless easy read with cheesy romance to make me smile. This book had more substance than that. And I loved it. And who would have known I loved reading about walruses? All thanks in part to the author's talented writing! I really enjoyed this journey with Sydney to a place I will never actually go but loved going in my mind. And a fairy tale ending good enough for dorks like me. ;o)
A great read! I would highly recommend it!!!
During the time she spends on the Wilde Island in Alaska, Sydney learns to look at the world (and people) in new ways. Reevaluating her life and relationships allows her to find out who she is and to become the person she has always wanted to be.
Beth Orsoff delivers a fun read with humor, wit and a touch of romance. I highly recommend it!