Book Review – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
July 16, 2015
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.
This was my book club’s selection for July, and it was a perfect choice for summer! Here are my thoughts:
- The characters are absolutely delightful. Rosie, Don, and Gene are all so well-developed, and I can’t wait to read the sequel to reconnect with all of them. Simsion also develops great secondary characters with unique and fun traits that keep the story interesting.
- Simsion did an excellent job in the development of the relationship between Don and Rosie. I loved how they learned more about themselves as they learned more about each other.
- I enjoyed that the book is set largely in Australia. It’s not a setting I read much in novels, but I do wish that Simsion might have incorporated a few local sites to flesh out the setting a tad more.
- I think Simsion gives an accurate portrayal of how someone with Asperger’s Syndrome might function as an adult in the dating world. I love how Simsion shows Don growing despite his difficulties, and how important his relationships ultimately were to him (which I think is true for many people with Asperger’s Syndrome).
- The pacing of the novel is excellent. There are no lulls in the action, and you just want to keep reading once you get pulled into the story.
- I love all the pop culture references, particularly to movies I haven’t seen in awhile. I am kind of a sucker for pop cultures references though .
- I really don’t have any complaints about this one!
If you are looking for a light and fun summer read, this is the perfect book for you. I absolutely loved it, and I will be reading The Rosie Effect soon!
What did you think of The Rosie Project?