Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  January 30, 2013
Source: Purchased

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

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.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

The Rosie Project is a fun, light read that had me flipping through the pages at a breakneck speed. I'm not a fan of the label "chick lit," as I think it's limiting the audience of a book at people of both genders can enjoy, but The Rosie Project does remind me of romantic comedies and Sophie Kinsella.

Our main character is Don Tillman, a highly intelligent and highly rigid man, diagnosed but assuredly somewhere on the autism spectrum. On the other side we have Rosie, as different from Don you can imagine. In typical rom-com style, fate throws Don and Rosie together, opposites attract and hi-jinx ensure.

I believe that Graeme Simsion did an excellent job making Don a very likable character (although perhaps one of those characters that you prefer to know in book form, rather than in real life). He did an excellent job making a characters who is likely very different from most readers, relatable. Rosie was a hot mess, yet inherently likable as well.

Overall, a quick enjoyable read, perfect for a beach or vacation, but not something I can see sticking with me for ever and ever.

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