A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise By Alex Sheshunoff

A Beginner's Guide to Paradise

So You Too Can:

– Move to a South Pacific Island
– Wear a Loincloth
– Read a Hundred Books
– Diaper a Baby Monkey
– Build a Bungalow

And Maybe, Just Maybe, Fall in Love! *

* Individual results may vary.

The true story of how a quarter-life crisis led to adventure, freedom, and love on a tiny island in the Pacific.

From the author of a lot of emails and several Facebook posts comes A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise, a laugh-out-loud, true story that will answer your most pressing escape-from-it-all questions, including:

1. How much, per pound, should you expect to pay a priest to fly you to the outer islands of Yap?
2. Classic slumber party stumper: If you could have just one movie on a remote Pacific island, what would it definitely not be?
3. How do you blend fruity drinks without a blender?
4. Is a free, one-hour class from Home Depot on “Flowerbox Construction” sufficient training to build a house?

From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor, Gilligan’s Island to The Beach, people have fantasized about living on a remote tropical island. But when facing a quarter-life crisis, plucky desk slave Alex Sheshunoff actually did it.

While out in Paradise, he learned a lot. About how to make big choices and big changes. About the less-than-idyllic parts of paradise. About tying a loincloth without exposing the tender bits. Now, Alex shares his incredible story and pretty-hard-won wisdom in a book that will surprise you, make you laugh, take you to such unforgettable islands as Yap and Pig, and perhaps inspire your own move to an island with only two letters in its name.

Answers: 1) $1.14 2) Gas Attack Training Made Simple 3) Crimp a fork in half and insert middle into power drill 4) No.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to be honest, I only finished about half of this book. I was interested for the first part of the book (about a quarter of the way through), but it started losing my interest as everything seemed to drag on. This book is a very long read with short chapters that make you feel like you’re making a lot more progress than you actually are. I found the book to be not interesting enough to keep my attention for the whole book. I think this book could have been much more interesting if it was made shorter by either cutting some things out or summarizing more.

I did like the “What You Can Expect to Learn in This Chapter” sections at the beginning of each chapter. They provided some interest to the chapter. An example of this is:

Chapter 25
What You Can Expect to Learn in This Chapter
– How do you know if the hunk of steaming sea turtle you’ve just been handed is undercooked?
– What month is cell phone etiquette month?

This book may be for some people and I found it a little bit interesting, but for me it was too long and it dragged on.

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