The Rosie Project - Rosie, Bk 1 Author:Graeme Simsion THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE - MEET DON TILLMAN, a thirty-nine-year-old brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-pa... more »ge, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers and the late-arrivers. She will be punctual and logical, most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Enter Rosie 'the world's most incompatible woman', who 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, throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. 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.
This book made me laugh tremendously! Between Don's weird quirks and Rosie's laid back attitude, there is so much comedy. I was picturing this as a movie the whole time I was reading it. It is a quick and hilarious read for those who need a laugh and a heartfelt story.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I can't believe it's the author's first novel and was written quickly. As a writer myself, I envy him (in a good way). I'm happily married to an engineer and I could see many qualities of my husband in the main character. I know classic romantics may not appreciate it, but I love men who use their problem solving skills to win the heart of the women they love! Give me that any day, instead of roses. Well, flowers are nice, too!
This was a very enjoyable, but highly predictable, read. The main character and narrator, Don, has Aspergers Syndrome, which made the voice of the narrator and story-telling unique, and I was engaged in the story-line from the beginning. I liked quirky Don, and I, like his only friends, Claudia and Gene, wanted to see him find a woman that was right for him. This is the main plot point: whether or not Don will find a woman that is a good fit for him, since his Aspergers makes him awkward in social situations and very regimented in his daily life. I knew from the beginning, as I'm sure pretty much anyone can figure out from the title, who the object of Don's affection would end up being, and the entire plot is pretty predictable, including who is Rosie's biological father. The predictability did not detract from my enjoyment of the book though, and I would definitely recommend it for someone looking for a cute love story with an unconventional main character.
Hysterical, true to life love story! Just makes you feel good and that yes, there is someone for everyone. Don is a socially 'weird' professors of genetics and Rosie is sent to him by a colleague to be part of his 'wife project.' Rosie is all wrong for Don, she is a smoker! But, as with life, the ones who are wrong for us are actually quite right. A lovely mystery is involved too! I can't wait for the sequel!
10 Stars for this one! Don Tillman (main character) will give you more than a few lol moments. I just loved this book. The movie is coming out soon I believe. I can't imagine anyone NOT liking this book.
I read about 50 percent of the book and asked myself if I should bear it to the end. No, I couldn't. I skipped few pages, hoping it would get better. I skipped few more, and then few more... to the last few pages and was surprise, surprise NOT confused with what was going on. I read enough snippets to know it was the same plot as before. No twist, no surprise, no redeeming ending to the unlikable characters, the mediocre writing, and to the story that has no story.
This book was supposed to be crazy comedy, an easy, relax read romance, about a man looking for the perfect wife. It starts out that way, but ends up with him and a woman named Rosie looking for her biological father. Don, rules her out as a potential wife but agrees to help her. Don and Rosie are both flat/boring characters. Everything they say is textbook stuff "put me to sleep". Hearing about Don`s ridiculous schedule is suppose to be funny, but was just overkill for me. His best friend the whoremonger professor? Also an exaggeration. No-one lives like this. Not even Proffesors. I know Im married to one. Faculty people are crazy bunch, I agree. I met my share of crazy during my interaction with University staff, including the special brand of crazy in the Anthropology department, that actually uses a mediator during the faculty meetings. But these characters are a pure fantasy land.
Rosie and Don collecting DNA from all the candidates was not interesting. Though I understand that this was suppose to be the pretense for which they "find" each other but it just didn't feel natural to me. It is a questionable from moral point of view, and highly illegal without consent. And quite expensive to do as well. Neither point is an issue ever touched upon, in the story. Which is a problem for me.
Conclusion: I actually think this happy-end romance and Dons "shy-eccentricity =>read hidden Narcissism" would have been better played out in a movie. Which is where this book might be going. The story target audience is the dysfunctional millennials and the younger generations, that find it difficult to date/marry because of their unrealistic high expectations of the "other" without consideration of what is their own "marketability" thinking them selves a perfect examples of humanity. With no defects or some so minor, hardly worth seeing. Narcissism and self worship is the new religion that prevents ANY relationships, including friendship. Don is a Narcissist that overcomes his condition. Which, as will any psychiatrist will tell you, is an impossibility, despite what this make-believe Hollywood ending makes you think. But you can always dream in this book, and the like...
It's rare that I give a book five stars, but I absolutely loved this book. I love the way the author describes the
protagonist, Don Tillman. It cracked me up over and over. The dry humor just hits your funny bone right in the perfect place and what a heart-warming love story. Not at all mooshy but perfectly done! Can't wait for this author to write another book.