The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ~Goodreads~
Published by Penguin Books Ltd
Paperback 352 pages ~Book Depository~
The Rosie Project is narrated by Don Tillman a surprisingly carming but socially challenged genetics professor who is on a quest to find out if he is capable of true love, namely the ‘Wife Project’
He conducts a questionnaire where he asks various important questions, she will be punctual and logical- definitely not a smoker, drinker, later-arriver or barmaid.
Coincidentally, Rosie Jarman comes under all of these things. She’s intelligent, fiery and also working on a project of her own, finding her biological father.
Don’s Wife Project is put aside and Rosie’s ‘Father Project’ commences and an unlikely relationship develops, throwing together a scientifically minded professor with a spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie.
This story reveal that love isn’t always what looks good on paper.
For me this novel is unique and a tale of its own, yes it is a romantic comedy but its not quite the conventional one you might expect.
You’re faced with Don a very well organised (perhaps too organised) man who know exactly what he wants from a woman and insists on nothing more and nothing less, for me I wanted to knock some sense into him and destroy his very tight schedule that he carries out each day without fail! You want to throw a spanner in the works and shake things up a bit, which Rosie certainly does!
Don’s character grew on me. Not only is he intelligent but he has great wit and with the situations he gets himself into, it is just utterly hilarious! Rosie tosses Don’s scheduled life out of the window with her, she is the pinnacle of what Don doesn’t want in a potential life partner. However along with his scheduled life dismantling, it appears his preferences alter too…well to some degree.
I think we’re meant to find Don quite unbearable but loveable at the same time too, I would compare him to The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. If you like Sheldon then I think you’ll love Don in the same way too. This book screams the message “never judge someone by their appearance” and that we’re all imperfect beings, but sometimes it is the imperfections that we begin to love.
This is definitely a quirky, hilarious, light-hearted, adorable read that you should all give a try.