Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

January 20, 2015 Book 6 ★★★★★

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme  SimsionThe Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 1st 2013
Source: Own
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An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

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.

Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics at a prestigious university in Melbourne, Australia. He leads his life in a straight, organized order with schedules and rules and procedures. He’s a researcher, a scientist who utilizes logic and structured methods for anything that needs his attention. And he uses the same system to find a life partner, a wife, through a questionnaire that is sure to eliminate all the smokers, alcoholics, vegetarians, non-intellectuals,  and anything else he thinks is not suitable for the person he wants to spend his life with.

And then comes Rosie Jarman, a fiery, intelligent, sassy, and strange woman who is all these things, a complete opposite of Don. Whilst working with the Wife Project, Don decides to help Rosie with the Father Project to determine who is her biological father, and so their adventure begins.

Don Tillman is one of the best characters I’ve read about in a book, honestly. From the very first page I couldn’t help but love his scientific talk and technicalities, laugh out loud with his amusing social awkwardness, and facepalm at his inability to comprehend others emphatically and the meaning behind their words. While some of us are good at reading between the lines of what people mean, Don takes most of the things literally. He might come off as a bit obnoxious to some, I suppose, but the farther into the book you get the more you feel for his character that has gone through a lot since his childhood, with the all-well-known bullying that is done to geeks, like he was. I admired greatly, if not envied, his brain A LOT. I wish I was capable of memorizing things so quickly! And read that fast and all! I enjoyed him very, very much.

“People can tell you the supposed characteristics of a Gemini or a Taurus and will spend five days watching a cricket match but cannot find the interest or the time to learn the basics of what they, as humans, are made up of.”

Another thing I deeply enjoyed of his character was how relatable he could be. While I don’t suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome (that I know of), I do have my moments of social awkwardness and when my logic wins against emotions, or how people seem to find it annoying, and even funny, in the way we talk all proper and scientific. It was nice and made me feel a deeper connection to him, which made him even more endearing.

Now Rosie was a phenomenon on her own. I loved her attitude towards people, her personality, sassiness, and how she was simply a puzzle to Don from beginning to end. She might be a bartender but she had brains somewhere in, and I loved how she wouldn’t boast about it with people, not even Don until a moment they had more trust as friends. And their dynamic was something that would jump from the pages, right from the beginning when Don thinks she’s in his office for the Wife Project. Rosie would also expose Don to the simple things of life most of us enjoy, like watching sports or even listening to music. In these moments my heart wouldn’t stop leaping of joy in my rib cage. Don’s life was black and white until Rosie came in with a rainbow bucket of paint and made a mess of it all as Don further fell in love without him even realizing.

“Hurtling back to town, in a red Porsche driven by a beautiful woman, with the song playing, I had the sense of standing on the brink of another world.”

By the end of the book I was head over heels with this brainiac and loved how, as much as he might try to change, he is who he is for a lot of reasons and how others have to accept you how you are. It might be difficult, but not impossible, because even the robots with emotions overridden by logic don’t find love, but instead they are found by it without any previous notice. Endearing, funny, romantic at times, lots of facepalms and frustrations are to be found in this book, but completely worth it. It’ll take you in a ride like no other that you won’t regret. And I look forward to reading the sequel AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and see how the movie comes along. Hopefully, they’ll use the author’s script and make it something even more amazing.

Rating: 5 galactic bodies aka stars lol

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  • Don Tillman is one of my favourite characters of all time! Gah. I love this book so so much.

  • Oh, I’m definitely interested in this book! And the characters! And themes! Wonderful review! 😀 I love the ”Emotions & Feelings” shelf by the way (don’t think I told you before?)

  • Set in my hometown and I haven’t even read this one. Everyone I know who’d read it has shared your thoughts exactly, Don is a breath of fresh air. Unpretentious, and a pure spirit that readers can get behind. Absolutely lovely review Jennifer, reminds me that I need to grab a copy soon <3

  • This sounds fabulous! I loved the sound of Rosie~ Who wouldn’t want a sassy and intelligent heroine? I’m done with the recklessly stupid ones. And if it’s set in Kelly’s hometown, then I’m even more in! 😛

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • shootingstarsmag

    This sounds really good. I can definitely relate to the being a bit nerdy and socially awkward, so I think I’d love Don too.


  • I have the audiobook of this one and I really hope I can listen to it it soon. You’ve made it sound absolutely amazing! Plus, I need to read more books set in Australia. I never get enough of them.