The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – 4 Stars

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)Cover art and synopsis thanks to Goodreads, click on cover to visit book’s page.

Book one in Don Tillman series

I borrowed this book from my library!

Book Synopsis:

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 book popped up on several Top Ten Tuesday lists a couple of weeks ago as a suggestion for people who enjoy The Big Bang Theory to read.  I am a huge Big Bang fan so this book was promptly put on my to-read list.  I suggest it be added to the catalog at work and last book order day it showed up.  Needless to say I snatched that puppy up and brought it home with me and got around to reading it this weekend. I was not disappointed.

This was a fun light-hearted read that I think practically anyone will enjoy.    It was interesting to read a book, a romantic comedy, written by a man.  Most of the books I read, especially any dealing with romance, are written by females.  I would like to point out that I do not do consciously take into account the author’s gender when selecting the books I read, I tend to pick a book based on if the synopsis grabs me or not.  But I guess it is rather sexist of me when I am surprised or delighted by this type of story that is written by a man.  I must not have very many romantic men in my life…  Anyway, the story is a step out of my typical book selection and a nice change of pace for me.

So what did I enjoy about the book…  The characters were great, I particularly enjoyed being in Don’s head for the story.  He is so set in his ways and lives his life with such a rigid set of procedures and guidelines it was such fun to see Rosie come in and turn everything upside down.  He was quite lovable and I think exactly what Rosie needed in her life.  The story was quite innocent, but the chemistry was still there and you couldn’t help but root for these two to end up together.  For me Don was also quite relatable. I can appreciate having a set way of doing things and  who wouldn’t want to be able to go through life not having to compromise how we want things done.  Of course most of us end up bending to social pressures to conform and not demand our needs put above those around us, but would it be nice to every once in a while say ‘Hey, I am putting me first this time’.  Of course the whole point of the book is about change and that Don needs to learn to be more flexible, but  I was happy to see that he only changed so much.  After all the original Don is the one that Rosie fell for in the first place.

The pacing of the book was good and was filled with crazy situations that were probably brought about from Don’s peculiar perception of the world.  The back ground characters were great, Don’s best friends Gene and Claudia added quite a bit to the story and I am glad to see they will be back for the next book.  I wish there was more to say, but I am having trouble coming up with points to share.  It is a good book, a fun book, but not one that is going to make you think to deeply, not that it has to to be enjoyable.  I hope you give it a try next time you are looking for a funny tale with a hint of romance and a lot of outrageous situations.



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