Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion



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.

It has been two months since my last review! To be honest, I couldn't get into anything. I read more than ten books halfway through, and I couldn't make myself finish them, it sucked so bad. But I found the book that took me out of that horrible reading slump! The Rosie Project was what I needed to get me back to reading. 

Don was a great main character. I found his way of thinking refreshing. He reminded me of Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" but to me Don was more likable and relatable. I seriously couldn't get enough of him. I found him fascinating, and I grew to care for him. I understood his way of doing things. I didn't want him to change for anybody, well, it's probably not healthy to schedule every minute of your life, but those weird things it's what made him unique. 

I do have to say that I was bit frustrated with Rosie and Don. I wanted them to be open about their feelings sooner in the book. I know I'm contradicting myself here because that would've meant Don being someone that he wasn't. I still enjoyed the whole process of them getting to know each other and Don trying new things along the way. 

The Rosie Project is a light and fast paced read. If you are going through a reading slump, I recommend you pick this one up. 


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