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