Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who’s decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who’s unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn’t really do flexible so, despite lots of takers, he’s not having much success in identifying The One.
When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it’s to apply for the Wife Project – and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn’t eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don’s assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.
Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…
From the first page you’ll fall a little bit in love with Don, with his weird characteristics and you understand why it’s so hard for him to keep a girlfriend. The things he says are not very sociable or kind and he’s not really sensitive. If you have to compare Don with someone, Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory kinda looks like him.
When you read the book and you’ll get to the point when Don meets Rosie, you kinda know how the story ends. The book is called ‘The Rosie project’ for a reason. But maybe Don realises he’s in love with Rosie a little too late, and that makes the book kind of exciting. Because you do want to find out if Rosie and Don will get together.
That, and the way the book’s been written, with the obviously crazy characteristics Don has and the way he has to be social with people, all make that ‘The Rosie Project’ is a funny, exciting and touching book.
There’s only one way to end this review, really. Just go and buy the damn book. Because I’m sure you’ll end up with a smile on your face. The book will definitely touch you and you’ll end up falling in love with Don.
DetailsThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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