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Margot and Anthony were ordinary parents. With two jobs and three kids, there was soccer and carpool and too much to do, and a little chronic stress about money. One night, following a day that was a regular amount of hectic, Margot had an idea: “I think we should move to Costa Rica.” And seven weeks later, there they were: jobless on top of a mountain, hours from the neare Margot and Anthony were ordinary parents. With two jobs and three kids, there was soccer and carpool and too much to do, and a little chronic stress about money. One night, following a day that was a regular amount of hectic, Margot had an idea: “I think we should move to Costa Rica.” And seven weeks later, there they were: jobless on top of a mountain, hours from the nearest paved road. This witty, insightful memoir of a family's struggle to right itself in a leafy new world is about parenting and privilege, loneliness and connection. It’s about what happens when a stressed-out technology professional escapes with her loved ones to an idyllic mountaintop...and finds that even when everything changes, some things remain the same.


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Margot and Anthony were ordinary parents. With two jobs and three kids, there was soccer and carpool and too much to do, and a little chronic stress about money. One night, following a day that was a regular amount of hectic, Margot had an idea: “I think we should move to Costa Rica.” And seven weeks later, there they were: jobless on top of a mountain, hours from the neare Margot and Anthony were ordinary parents. With two jobs and three kids, there was soccer and carpool and too much to do, and a little chronic stress about money. One night, following a day that was a regular amount of hectic, Margot had an idea: “I think we should move to Costa Rica.” And seven weeks later, there they were: jobless on top of a mountain, hours from the nearest paved road. This witty, insightful memoir of a family's struggle to right itself in a leafy new world is about parenting and privilege, loneliness and connection. It’s about what happens when a stressed-out technology professional escapes with her loved ones to an idyllic mountaintop...and finds that even when everything changes, some things remain the same.

30 review for Paradise Imperfect: An American Family Moves to the Costa Rican Mountains

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    So many travel or move-to-other-country books are interesting but not necessarily engaging in writing style. This book though is very well written. It's smart, thought-provoking, and funny. Laugh-aloud little snippets that are cleverly popped in. We've been in Monteverde a couple of times and do love it there so that was a fun trip. My only complaint; not a mention of the incredible number of insects that bombarded us each time (well one mention of ants). Not really a complaint but this author mu So many travel or move-to-other-country books are interesting but not necessarily engaging in writing style. This book though is very well written. It's smart, thought-provoking, and funny. Laugh-aloud little snippets that are cleverly popped in. We've been in Monteverde a couple of times and do love it there so that was a fun trip. My only complaint; not a mention of the incredible number of insects that bombarded us each time (well one mention of ants). Not really a complaint but this author must be far braver than I am! Great book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Star

    Margot has the gift. She really gives her readers the feel of what it would be like to just chuck your current life to the curb for awhile and go on a one year sojourn to Costa Rica, with husband and kids in tow. I'm happy to live the experience vicariously through Margot. She makes me laugh. She's good people but not in a nauseating, I'm perfect kind of way. She knows how to drop an F bomb if she needs to and she's definitely not above finding fault in her own decisions, all of which endear her Margot has the gift. She really gives her readers the feel of what it would be like to just chuck your current life to the curb for awhile and go on a one year sojourn to Costa Rica, with husband and kids in tow. I'm happy to live the experience vicariously through Margot. She makes me laugh. She's good people but not in a nauseating, I'm perfect kind of way. She knows how to drop an F bomb if she needs to and she's definitely not above finding fault in her own decisions, all of which endear her to me all the more. Sassy. Funny. Smart (y-pants). This gal's got cojones. If you've just finished a deep, dark, or depressing read and you need to be lifted, pick up Paradise Imperfect. It's the perfect palate cleanser after a downer book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teri Gillen

    Highly recommend! A good read of one family's experience as someone looking to move to CR in the next couple of years, I read everything I can find to get a feel for others experiences. This is the first book I've read that had kids in tow. interesting to read how it affected them. I appreciate any work that doesn't sugar coat the difficulties of fitting in to a different culture. I'd be interested in an epilogue of how they all acclimated back. Highly recommend! A good read of one family's experience as someone looking to move to CR in the next couple of years, I read everything I can find to get a feel for others experiences. This is the first book I've read that had kids in tow. interesting to read how it affected them. I appreciate any work that doesn't sugar coat the difficulties of fitting in to a different culture. I'd be interested in an epilogue of how they all acclimated back.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very fun book to read, especially if you have any experience with Latin America. Some parts were LOL funny.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Kittel

    Thoroughly entertaining! As I am currently struggling with this same essential ingredient, my memoirist's hat is off to Margot for finding the theme that runs through this travel memoir, namely understanding her husband and learning to accept him, silences and all, neither of which are easy to accomplish. And while doing so, she spares herself no self-examination while writing with both humor and enthusiasm. Here's a sample: "I persisted in not getting it. It was just so far out of my mindset to Thoroughly entertaining! As I am currently struggling with this same essential ingredient, my memoirist's hat is off to Margot for finding the theme that runs through this travel memoir, namely understanding her husband and learning to accept him, silences and all, neither of which are easy to accomplish. And while doing so, she spares herself no self-examination while writing with both humor and enthusiasm. Here's a sample: "I persisted in not getting it. It was just so far out of my mindset to hire a—what would you call him, a gardener? I was basically idle and loved to garden. We were trying to live on $800 a month. Our family would be a family that had a gardener? Meanwhile, my frugal husband was sitting beside me, undergoing a dramatic personality change. Or perhaps he was under a spell (hechizo) of some kind. “Oh, that’s a great idea,” he said. “We’d love the help. When can we meet Luis?” K3

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Imperfectly perfect Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. As my Seattle based, Plymouth church going family ponders a year ourselves in Costa Rica I was so lucky to have a friend at church recommend this book. As I sit here on a flight to our first visit to Costa Rica I am holding back tears and laughter as I feel taken on this journey. It is inspiring to watch as each family member allows experiences to transform them and be brave enough to not hold on to what the outcome may be. I Imperfectly perfect Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. As my Seattle based, Plymouth church going family ponders a year ourselves in Costa Rica I was so lucky to have a friend at church recommend this book. As I sit here on a flight to our first visit to Costa Rica I am holding back tears and laughter as I feel taken on this journey. It is inspiring to watch as each family member allows experiences to transform them and be brave enough to not hold on to what the outcome may be. I found the writing style to be something I looked forward to. Witty and sincere.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Broadhurst

    Fun read; we packed up and moved out of the US for a number of years, but in a much more structured fashion than the author. This book was fun to read, although I was left looking for the sequel. What happened next?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martine Stillman

    Loved this book, a humorous and non-sanctimonious recounting of a family’s year in Costa Rica.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarena Neyman

    this woman really knows how to tell a tale. she draws you in. rivets you. (i was reading this on my exercise bike which i never read on, just watch netflix/hulu on). fascinating character development. great food for thought about life choices: how much risk and discomfort is too much? how much is enough? when should you aim for paradise and when is paradise imperfect perhaps a better choice? the book is rich with stories about lots of juicy stuff relating to marriage,friends,kids, fear and love. this woman really knows how to tell a tale. she draws you in. rivets you. (i was reading this on my exercise bike which i never read on, just watch netflix/hulu on). fascinating character development. great food for thought about life choices: how much risk and discomfort is too much? how much is enough? when should you aim for paradise and when is paradise imperfect perhaps a better choice? the book is rich with stories about lots of juicy stuff relating to marriage,friends,kids, fear and love. yet throughout the wonderful storytelling about a year wisely spent, i never felt any regrets about my own life. in fact, the book left me feeling in love with life itself and all the wonderment it can hold if you are not too hard on yourself, no matter how you choose to spend it. recently, i have found that many talented authors often fall short when it's time to say good bye. not this book. every one of the last 4-5 chapters felt like a small wrap up, letting me go, bit by bit, until i was ready to say good bye. i can't wait till we meet again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colette Smith

    She had me at the avocados. This is a great read... not a perfect read... but a great read for anyone who thinks of slowing down their suburban life and taking a deep, long, calming breath with their family. Are all these sports necessary? How about the social engagements? How will our (collective) American affluence effect our children? Although there are no real answers I loved reading about this family's adventure and knowing I'm not alone struggling with these issues. And rumor has it that I She had me at the avocados. This is a great read... not a perfect read... but a great read for anyone who thinks of slowing down their suburban life and taking a deep, long, calming breath with their family. Are all these sports necessary? How about the social engagements? How will our (collective) American affluence effect our children? Although there are no real answers I loved reading about this family's adventure and knowing I'm not alone struggling with these issues. And rumor has it that I may or may not be researching family vacations to Costa Rica very, very soon!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Niyantha

    In 'Paradise Imperfect', Margot Page writes about the year she and her family moved from their home in Seattle to the Costa Rican mountains. It is memoir, and it is travel writing, but really it's just story telling at its very best. Margot gets at the truth with writing that is so hilarious - even in the darker moments, her sharp wit is ever present. And the book's made me want to learn Spanish, read Harry Potter y la cámara secreta and go on a trip to Costa Rica. I can't recommend 'Paradise Imp In 'Paradise Imperfect', Margot Page writes about the year she and her family moved from their home in Seattle to the Costa Rican mountains. It is memoir, and it is travel writing, but really it's just story telling at its very best. Margot gets at the truth with writing that is so hilarious - even in the darker moments, her sharp wit is ever present. And the book's made me want to learn Spanish, read Harry Potter y la cámara secreta and go on a trip to Costa Rica. I can't recommend 'Paradise Imperfect' enough.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A family from Seattle decides to move to Costa Rica for a year. Within 7 weeks they have packed up their house, said goodbye to family and friends and moved to a different country. Written by the mom, it is an honest and insightful look into her own motives for this somewhat impetuous decision. She's also really honest about her relationships with her kids and her husband, the trials and the joys they all experience on this new adventure. Totally made me want to move to Costa Rica myself - as lon A family from Seattle decides to move to Costa Rica for a year. Within 7 weeks they have packed up their house, said goodbye to family and friends and moved to a different country. Written by the mom, it is an honest and insightful look into her own motives for this somewhat impetuous decision. She's also really honest about her relationships with her kids and her husband, the trials and the joys they all experience on this new adventure. Totally made me want to move to Costa Rica myself - as long as I can live where they lived!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Chen

    Have you ever thought of quitting your job, convincing your husband to quit his, and then moving with your three children to a hillside in a friendly tropical country? Margo Page not only thought about it, she did it. And then she wrote an excellent memoir to share the experience with the rest of us. Her memoir is about marriage and raising three unique, delightful children. It's about culture shock and taking risks. And it's about the beauty and culture of Costa Rica. Margo Page is a master pros Have you ever thought of quitting your job, convincing your husband to quit his, and then moving with your three children to a hillside in a friendly tropical country? Margo Page not only thought about it, she did it. And then she wrote an excellent memoir to share the experience with the rest of us. Her memoir is about marriage and raising three unique, delightful children. It's about culture shock and taking risks. And it's about the beauty and culture of Costa Rica. Margo Page is a master prose stylist. If you like memoirs that are well written and funny, you'll love Paradise Imperfect.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie Rand

    I loved this book! I got it while looking for books about Costa Rica for our upcoming spring break trip there. I learned a lot reading it before the trip, and finished it after we got back. I lived overseas and found her comments about the expatriate life applicable to more than just Costa Rica. It was heart warming, funny, honest, and engaging and I didn't want to put it down. My only complaint was the number of spelling errors in the copy I read. Too bad the publisher didn't hire a good copy e I loved this book! I got it while looking for books about Costa Rica for our upcoming spring break trip there. I learned a lot reading it before the trip, and finished it after we got back. I lived overseas and found her comments about the expatriate life applicable to more than just Costa Rica. It was heart warming, funny, honest, and engaging and I didn't want to put it down. My only complaint was the number of spelling errors in the copy I read. Too bad the publisher didn't hire a good copy editor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is essentially my dream, to pack up the family and move to Costa Rica (or wherever, really). Having lived in Costa Rica years ago, this book took me back to my days of "pura vida," eating lots of avocados, and taking the bus everywhere. I loved how honest she is about her feelings and relationships, and how the entire family coped with the strangeness of a foreign land. It brought back so many fond memories, and took me right along for their crazy ride. This is essentially my dream, to pack up the family and move to Costa Rica (or wherever, really). Having lived in Costa Rica years ago, this book took me back to my days of "pura vida," eating lots of avocados, and taking the bus everywhere. I loved how honest she is about her feelings and relationships, and how the entire family coped with the strangeness of a foreign land. It brought back so many fond memories, and took me right along for their crazy ride.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Linsert

    I loved this book! I borrowed it from a friend with whom I was going to Costa Rica, but while I learned some things about Costa Rica, I loved it for the author's forthrightness about the various issues and circumstances in her life. I live in the Seattle area, so I could relate to some of what she was experiencing about that part of her life, but I think the themes of marriage, parenting, and work life will resonate with anyone who has experienced any of those things. I highly recommend it! I loved this book! I borrowed it from a friend with whom I was going to Costa Rica, but while I learned some things about Costa Rica, I loved it for the author's forthrightness about the various issues and circumstances in her life. I live in the Seattle area, so I could relate to some of what she was experiencing about that part of her life, but I think the themes of marriage, parenting, and work life will resonate with anyone who has experienced any of those things. I highly recommend it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Pleasant surprise! I picked this up because my family is about to spend a month in Costa Rica and I thought it would be interesting to read about another family's experience, but I didn't expect much. This turned out to be a fun and insightful read. Page manages to be sincerely funny and honest about all aspects of her adventure without self-deprication, exaggeration or snark. I laughed out loud several times, and I learned some things about the Monteverde area. Recommend. Pleasant surprise! I picked this up because my family is about to spend a month in Costa Rica and I thought it would be interesting to read about another family's experience, but I didn't expect much. This turned out to be a fun and insightful read. Page manages to be sincerely funny and honest about all aspects of her adventure without self-deprication, exaggeration or snark. I laughed out loud several times, and I learned some things about the Monteverde area. Recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I hesitated to read this because I thought I would either be bored reading about someone else's travel stories or be jealous of her adventures, instead I was pleasantly entertained by her humor and insight. I could relate to almost everything she was writing about from parenting, friendships, marriage, and traveling. I hesitated to read this because I thought I would either be bored reading about someone else's travel stories or be jealous of her adventures, instead I was pleasantly entertained by her humor and insight. I could relate to almost everything she was writing about from parenting, friendships, marriage, and traveling.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Barone

    I started reading this book out of duty. My daughter-in-law's mother is in the same memoir writing class as the author. But, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. It was lots of fun, very real and made we want to move to Costa Rica. I started reading this book out of duty. My daughter-in-law's mother is in the same memoir writing class as the author. But, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. It was lots of fun, very real and made we want to move to Costa Rica.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was a really fun book- a good summer read. I've seriously entertained this same notion, so reading about this woman's experience let me live vicariously. I love her writing style - it felt like she was telling me the story herself. This was a really fun book- a good summer read. I've seriously entertained this same notion, so reading about this woman's experience let me live vicariously. I love her writing style - it felt like she was telling me the story herself.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Loved! It was like hanging out with great friends - I was sad to reach the end. Margot's honesty is refreshing and her writing is both beautiful and eminently readable. Highly recommended! Loved! It was like hanging out with great friends - I was sad to reach the end. Margot's honesty is refreshing and her writing is both beautiful and eminently readable. Highly recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Geomom

    Totally entertaining and inspiring!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Salisbury huycke

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Engel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Watts

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi LaBoy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marilee Messing

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

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