Review: The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project cver“Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?”

I picked up this book earlier in the week, when I was back home. It was one my mum had read and recommended to me – ‘You’ll like it,’ she said. ‘The main character is a scientist and a bit like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.’

So, naturally, I wanted to read it.

Our protagonist is geneticist Don Tillman, an intelligent but somewhat socially inept man with little success in romances past the first date. So he devises the Wife Project: a simple questionnaire that will filter out any unsuitable partners (such as vegans, smokers, women with not much skill in mathematics…)

And, naturally, this made for an amazing story. A few chapters in, after a few failed attempts at finding women who pass the Wife Project questionnaire, Don encounters Rosie. Who is, probably, the worst candidate ever for the Wife Project. And for some reason, Don decides to help Rosie discover who her real father is, and starts hanging out with Rosie, even though it completely disrupts his scheduled life.

I admit, I found the first couple of paragraphs a little stilted to read – but once I got into the flow of Don’s narrative, it was so easy to follow and flowed so beautifully. At times I did wonder where the story could possibly go next – surely things were almost resolved? – but was always glad when it took another turn (often for the worse, in Don’s case).

I absolutely adored Don’s character. He was endearing, sweet, and well-meaning. He might not always say or do the best things in social situations, but he was never mean. I thought that the writing flowed well, the story was well written, and Don’s character was incredible. Of course, the other characters were, too – but I liked how we only saw them through Don’s perspective.

And Rosie – Rosie, the whirlwind force that brought chaos into Don’s life, was such a great character. She was so believable and well-developed. And, duh, the romance that build between her and Don was totally adorable and an emotional rollercoaster.

Overall: a very well-written book that I completely devoured and didn’t want to put down! Worth checking out (even if you’re not a fan of Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory)

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