The Rosie Project
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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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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.
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!
Very heartwarming story.
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.
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.
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.
This book seemed to read itself.. no effort required!
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!
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.
a brilliant debut
The Rosie Project is the first novel by Australian author and playwright, Graeme Simsion. Professor Don Tillman is unmarried, and a consideration of the statistics leads him to conclude he needs a wife. While Dons physical attributes and career should make him an attractive prospective husband, his social ineptitude has resulted in a track record of unsatisfactory dating experiences, the Apricot Ice Cream Disaster and the Pig Trotter Disaster being just two examples. He therefore decides to vet applicants for his Wife Project with a 16-page (double-sided) questionnaire, in the interests of efficiency. When Rosie Jarman sweeps into his life, Don quickly concludes that this smoking, swearing barmaid with punctuality problems is entirely unsuitable, yet, against all his rational instincts, he decides to offer his expertise in genetics in the search for her father. Soon his regimented, logical life is turned upside down: Don learns the danger inherent in judging a person by their occupation, and that not everything in life follows a formula.
Simsion has created a very funny novel which also has the reader thinking about emotion and logic, love and friendship, conventionality and non-conformists, and what it takes to modify ones behaviour. This is a fast-paced love story with an interesting twist. Simsions characters have plenty of depth and the fact that none of them is perfect adds to their appeal. While Don may be wired differently (mentally assessing the age and BMI of everyone he meets, reacting to stress with a spreadsheet or a schedule), he has integrity, focus, enthusiasm and determination, and it is impossible not to feel empathy with him even while laughing at his missteps. And impossible not to shed a tear when he suspects he is incapable of love and therefore unacceptable. This novel is filled with laugh-out-loud moments: a madcap cocktail party, a dance fiasco and a novel escape from a bathroom, to name just a few. Dons highly embarrassing moment with an instruction book, a skeleton and the University Dean is utterly hilarious. The irony of Don delivering a lecture on Aspergers is quite delicious, and who could guess there would be so many inventive ways to obtain a DNA sample! This is a brilliant debut novel. It is no surprise to learn that it won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2012, and that the rights have been sold to over 30 countries. I look forward to more from Graeme Simsion.