The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Paperback / softback

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The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. Then a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire - a sixteen-page, scientifically researched document - to find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is strangely beguiling, fiery and intelligent. And she is also on a quest of her own. She's looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might just be able to help her with - even if he does wear quick-dry clothes and eat lobster every single Tuesday night.

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  • Five Stars

    The Rosie Project


    I think it's important when reading "The Rosie Project" to separate any message regarding autism that you expected the book to spotlight. If you're ok with gratuitous laughs and stereotypes of autism and aspergers, you can laugh at the content. If, like me you're uncomfortable with this mass generalisation, you need to make a decision to read it as a work of fiction, and not expect anything deep and meaningful for the cause.

    So having made the decision to take "The Rosie Project" as a an easy dig at symptoms of the above, I was able to enjoy the novel.

    The first half of the book had me making comparisons to "Forrest Gump" in terms of the slapstick situations that Don finds himself in that were reminiscent of our other favourite savant, Forrest. Don is a loveable character, and it's easy to determine that there is little malice behind his actions and words, which makes him entirely relatable as a character (and I'm not scared to admit that a lot of his stream of consciousness dialogue reminded me of my own thought processes from time to time).

    There is a lot of value in the set ups, and the best books are ones that make you feel so involved with the story that you can't turn the next page because you know it's going to cause shame, embarrassment or sadness for the character. But then again you can't stop yourself and continue on because you're in this with Don.

    By the halfway mark in the book I changed my opinion of comparing Don to Forrest, and considered him more of a House MD type but without the snarky, bitter angle that House brings to the tv series. Indeed the correlation between the characters in both continue to stack up - Don's got his BFF/bromance happening with Gene, who schools him on societal norms but is not the best person to be handing out this type of advice (similar to House/Wilson), you've got the overbearing Dean who foils Don's plans (covered by many characters such as Cuddy but also people like Tritter) and you've got the similar love interest with an inability to communicate acceptably, causing shenanigans to occur.

    I know others have mentioned that this is a carbon copy of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, but that was never a comparison that came to my mind. Don lacks the geekery that makes Sheldon unique.

    The angle that saved "The Rosie Project" from feeling like a rehash and mix up of the various other mediums which have dealt with similar characters in the past is the honest, Australian narrative and down to earth characters.

    So my only caveat is don't be too upset by the commercialisation and simplification of autism spectrum disorders, and allow yourself to laugh along with Don as he finds out who he is.

  • Four Stars

    Fun and witty


    I have yet to meet someone who hasn't enjoyed this book. Romantic without being sappy, funny without being stupid and surprisingly poignant - Graeme Simsion's Rosie Project is my go-to gift recommendation. Looking forward to the sequel.

  • Three Stars

    Surprisingly i enjoyed it!


    This book is not something that i would normally read,but somehow i was drawn to it. It made me laugh a lot and was quite witty. A good read indeed!

  • Five Stars

    Good read


    Very heartwarming story.

  • Three Stars

    Two thumbs up!


    I have to admit this is not the type of book I would normally read and was a gift from a friend. I also have to admit that my friend was right. This was such a good read I couldn't put it down!(Without giving anything away) It is a great insight into a mind of a person who may think slightly differently, and the story line was catchy. Definitely a re-read at some stage.

  • Four Stars

    Good read


    A light, humorous read. The main character Professor Don Tillman reminded me a bit of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. He timetabled his life, didn't like it when he had to re-adjust activities, he was a scientist and socially awkward. His main goals in life were reached by organising a project.

    The Wife Project, The father project, The Rosie Project!

    Rosie, the main female character, was not like Don. She was socially comfortable and approached life casually without the need for projects. Both characters could be annoying but both were likable and strongly connected.

    What did they have in common? Both had a strong desire to love, be loved and to be accepted. I can recommend this book, particularly if you are looking for light holiday read.

  • Three Stars

    Loved it !!


    I devoured this book and as several have said, I didn't want it to end. Funny, thought provoking - just so absolutely delightful.

  • Five Stars

    Most enjoyable


    This book seemed to read itself.. no effort required!

  • Three Stars

    The Rosie Project



    I loved this book - it is rare to read a book that you really don't want to finish, not because you find it hard work, but because you don't want to arrive at the end.

    It will not resonate with everybody, but those of us who have always felt slightly outside of the 'Norm' - whatever that is? - will maybe feel that they are not so strange after all.

    Great book, it made me laugh out loud. In fact, a couple of times, I had to put the book down because I was crying with laughter. Highly recommended by me, so it must be good!

  • Four Stars

    A unique and feel good read


    Weve selected this one amongst lots of brilliant debut novels this month because its a really well written, feel good story. There is a trend at the moment for books to be written in a really unique (sometimes autistic) voice. This has that unique, distinct, quirky voice but where it really differs and shines is its humour and the way it makes you feel while you are reading it. It has the ability to make you laugh and smile with the antics that Don gets up to. Its got a great morale - that sometimes you just cant plan everything and life takes you by surprise.

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