Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations
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Bored, broke, and struggling to survive in one of the most expensive cities on earth, Paul Carr comes to the surprising realization that it would actually be cheaper to live in a luxury hotel in Manhattan than in his tiny one-bedroom London apartment. Inspired by that possibility, he sells his possessions, abandons his old life, and starts living entirely without commitments as a modern-day nomad.
Thanks to Paul's ability to talk his way into increasingly ridiculous situations, what begins as a one-year experiment soon becomes a permanent lifestyle--a life lived in luxury hotels and mountain-top villas. A life of fast cars, Hollywood actresses, and Icelandic rock stars. Of 6,000-mile booty calls, of partying with eight hundred female hairdressers dressed only in bedsheets, and of nearly dying at the hands of Spanish drug dealers. And, most bizarrely of all, a life that still costs less than his surviving on cold pizza in his old apartment.
Yet, as word of Paul's exploits starts to spread--first online, then through a national newspaper column and eventually a book deal--he finds himself forced constantly to up the stakes in order to keep things interesting. With his behavior spiraling to dangerous--and sometimes criminal--levels, he is forced to ask the question: is there such a thing as too much freedom?