The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion
Reading Level: Medium / Difficult
Review: 5 / 5
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper. (Goodreads)
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This is my favorite book of the month! Hands down, this is my September book of the month, even though September has just started, and this book came out a year ago. Why hadn’t I read this book before I did? I came so incredibly close to picking it a lot of times, but something always stopped me – other books, the need to have enough money for food. You know what? Who cares about food when you could have this book!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Don. Just plain him. He was extremely entertaining with his scientific observations on, well, everything. And minor spoiler, the dancing scene? I think I fell in love with Don at that precise moment, especially when Don and Rosie began dancing.
I loved what Simsion did with the plot line as well – it wasn’t just a story about a funny 39 year old guy making a fool of himself socially, there was actual depth and it had a very serious way of informing you about Asberger’s Syndrome, as well as social deficiencies. Towards the beginning, there was a scene where Don had a presentation on said syndrome, and the amount of pride he generated in the youngsters with this disorder was amazingly funny and heart-warming.
Rosie was a force of nature, as well as Don. And I adore how she stands for everything Don is against, at least in relation to the Wife Project. And can we just talk about how funny it is that Don devices a Wife Project? And then the women who voluntarily participate in this project. I think it was very entertaining to read about the Wife Project, but I think I would hit anybody who wanted me to participate in it. Or, most likely, refuse to participate.
It was a very real read, and a read I would recommend to everyone – from 17 to 70.
So, pick it up, and don’t wait as long as I did to do so!
But what about you? Have you read this book and enjoyed it? Didn’t like it? Have any thoughts on this review? Let me know in the comment’s section below!