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REVIEW: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion



Copyright: 2013

Pages: 295 pages (hardcover)

Genre/Style:  Romance fiction

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Rating: 11.5 out of 12

What we loved: It was surprisingly very easy to get inside Don Tillman’s head — probably because he’s so rational about everything. But even though he doesn’t do well with physical contact, you want to hug him throughout the book. Author Graeme Simsion does a great job of being in Don’s head and bringing the reader there, too. Even though I may understand a social norm or a social nuance, I see it through Don’s mind and understand why he doesn’t understand it.

What we didn’t: Honestly? I can’t think of anything right now. This book gives me warm fuzzies. I want to pick it up and hug it.

Characters you’ll be glad you met: Rosie and Don. Both of them are quirky. And together? They are made for each other.

Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: This book is for the underdog; this book is the for the social outcast; this book is for anyone who feels like they are being laughed at. This book celebrates the resilience, strength, and beauty of someone whom society might write off or dismiss — like the Capitol does to the people of District 12.

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Catch up with the author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion, at him website.

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DWTC’s Top 10 Moments from the #MockingjayPart2 Trailer

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The Mockingjay Part 2 theatrical trailer brought fans quick glimpses of a lot of intense and emotional moments from the upcoming film.  From our first look at Tigress, to those hideous lizard mutts, to that kiss, there certainly was a lot to get excited about (or weep excessively over).  But there were certain moments that overshadowed the others just a bit, certain key scenes that sent us running for that tissue box or in my case squishing my stuffed Buttercup tightly.  Picking out our favorite moments wasn’t easy, but we were game to take on the challenge.  To make things a little easier our aim was to stay focused on images that were not in the previous teaser. (Well as best we could 😉 )

So, here are our Top 10 Favorite Moments from the Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer. Continue Reading »

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Highlights from Sam Claflin’s #AskFinnick Twitter Q&A

Ask FinnickThe Official UK Twitter account @LionsgateUK hosted Sam Claflin earlier today for a fun Q&A session with fans.  We’ve gathered all the highlights together for you below. Continue Reading »

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160+ Screencaps from the #MockingjayPart2 Trailer “We March Together”

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The full length theatrical trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 is chock full of amazing and gut wrenching moments.  Some of these pieces were just quick glimpses, so we’ve put together over 160 screencaps from the trailer to help you catch all those “blink and you missed it” epic moments.  Check them out in the gallery below! Continue Reading »

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WATCH: The Full Length Trailer for #MockingjayPart2 is Here!

Peeta Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer Sneak Peek

After our weeklong coundown the time has finally arrived Tributes! The full length trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 is here and you can watch it below in all its epicness…hint have tissues handy… Continue Reading »

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Relive the #MockingjayPart2 Trailer Image Countdown and Check Out a Sneak Peek of the Trailer!

Die Tribute von Panem - Mockingjay Teil 2The Hunger Games social media accounts, along with those of several of the actors have been hard at work teasing fans about tomorrow’s release of the Mockingjay Part 2 trailer.  We’ve gathered up all of the images, as well as a special video message from Sam Claflin and two sneaky peek previews from ET (if you dare).  Check them out below.

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Tim Palen posts picture of Peeta and Gale dolls to Instagram

Tim Palen Dolls

Tim Palen recently posted a picture on Instagram of what look to be new Hunger Games dolls. These particular dolls look to be Peeta and Gale but these may possibly be part of a set.

We will most likely find out more about the dolls in the run up to Mockingjay Part 2 but for now it is up to speculation with some fans loving the idea of new dolls and others not quite sure about them.

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Watch: Trailer for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

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Hunger Games Exhibition

A new trailer has been released for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition currently running at Discovery Times Square, New York. It shows short snippets of some of the exhibition aspects and will probably make anyone who has not yet been to the exhibition want to visit even more!

Tickets for the exhibition can be bought at thehungergamesexhibition.com

Image: DigitalSpy.co.uk

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Watch: Trailer for Liam Hemsworth’s new movie “The Dressmaker”

The DressmakerA new trailer has been released for Liam Hemsworth’s upcoming movie “The Dressmaker”.

The movie, also starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis, tells the story of Tilly Dunnage who returns to the town where she grew up after spending years away working as a fashion designer. Her arrival however, stirs things up in the town as news of an incident that took place before she left surfaces.

The movie is set to hit Australian cinemas on the 22nd of October this year. There are currently no dates for an international release as of yet.

Source: Indiewire.com

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in “The Rosie Project”

JenniferLast week it was discovered that Jennifer Lawrence is to star in a new romantic dramedy being developed by Colombia Pictures known as “The Rosie Project”.

The movie will be based on a book by Graeme Simsion which tells the story of socially inept professor Don Tillman, who designs a survey to scientifically find him the perfect wife. His ideas then change when he meets Rosie who possesses the opposite qualtites that he shoud be looking for.

Jennnifer will reportably be playing the role of Rosie but we will have to wait for more news on the movie, which will hopefully come to light in the coming months.

Source: HollywoodReporter.com