Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Published: May 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
Genre: Romance, Humour
Source: I borrowed my copy from my local library
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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
I might be the very last person in the world to read this novel but I’m so glad that I finally did! The Rosie Project begins when geeky and slightly regimented genetics professor, Don Tillman, decides that now that he’s in his 30s it’s time to turn around his dreadful dating history and find himself a wife. He decides that the best method is is to create a Wife Project in a similar way to how he would conduct any large project. With statistics of course.
But when he begins to fall for Rosie Jarman, who is the exact opposite of what Don thinks he wants in a partner, Don uncharacteristically finds himself throwing caution to the wind, disrupting his routine and actually enjoying himself.
There are a lot of people who have commented both negatively and positively on the Aspergers aspect of this novel, but I’m still not entirely convinced that Don even has Aspergers. It definitely could be hinted at but the author claims that even he isn’t sure himself.
What I like about the ambiguity on this aspect is that perhaps the author is trying to suggest that everybody has their own quirks and behaviours that other people find weird. Maybe we should worry more about accepting our friend’s and loved one’s quirks rather than trying to place labels on each other all of the time because I’m 100% certain that every single person out there does something that other people would find weird. I know that I sure do!
Either way, I really enjoyed The Rosie Project. It was a fun, light-hearted read and I really enjoyed Don’s perspective and outlook on life.