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The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 by Graeme…

The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Graeme Simsion (Author)

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Title:The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1
Authors:Graeme Simsion (Author)
Info:Penguin (2014), 368 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (2013)

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Not awful but still disappointing. Rosie was undeserved and Don was frustratingly inconsistent. He seemed like a Marty Stu for much of the novel, having no difficulty mastering any skill. His autistic spectrum symptoms were also negated for too easily. His issue changes from whether he can't process normal social cues to just being disinterested in them. The author stated that this was originally a film script that he rewrote into a novel. There's a lot of subtext and development that he never wrote in, given the opportunities the novel format afforded him. ( )
  bulletproofheeb | Aug 12, 2019 |
The Rosie Project is a lighthearted romantic comedy that, in spite of itself, asks an interesting and emotional question: can someone on the autism spectrum (Aspergers) love and be loved in a romantic way? Don is the narrator of the entire book. As with any first person book, if a reader doesn’t respond to Don, the book is going to be a disappointment. However, through Don's unique perspective we get a fresh look at how he behaves with and towards others, how he evaluates himself, his habits and his reactions to others. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Jul 25, 2019 |
I absolutely loved this book. Since it was written from a non-conventional perspective, it was a funny, honest, delightful romantic comedy that shows us the true meaning of love and friendship. I read it in a day because I just couldn't put it down, routing for Don the entire time. Can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  Erboyle | Jul 3, 2019 |
It is a good book to highlight Asperger’s syndrome and this disease's challenges that often go unnoticed. However, at the end of the day, it is another cheesy romance story. Some people compared this book to Pretty Woman and Big Bang Theory - all true. I felt like portions are taken from Hollywood stories to make up for Don's irresistible boredom. Don is a prick. He is seriously a sad person. Gene is a womanizer and a bigger prick. Rosie is seeking the identity of her biological father and she is the total opposite of what Don is looking for or needs. So I am sure, it is going to be a nasty divorce people. We need to get a bit real about this romantic novels. I find very few of them doesn't trigger my gag reflex.

At the same time, Graeme won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. and Sony Pictures has optioned the screen rights. Maybe I am not a reliable source for romance novels. ( )
  soontobefree | Jun 25, 2019 |
When I started this my first thought was OMG (the protagonist) is Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) but while it’s difficult for fans of the show not to see the inevitable similarities, it didn’t (as some people have pointed out) put me off reading but added another layer of amusement to the read. There’s a love story here with a difference. Intelligent, witty, at times throwing a light on human interaction in a way standard romances might not, this book is often joyful to read. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would though the ending seemed a little rushed, perhaps explained because the book has sequels. I kind of prefer this as a standalone read but, if not for my to-be-read mountain, I might consider perusing the other titles. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jun 25, 2019 |
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It’s cheering to read about, and root for, a romantic hero with a developmental disorder. “The Rosie Project,” Simsion’s debut and a best seller in his native Australia, reminds us that people who are neurologically atypical have many of the same concerns as the rest of us: companionship, ethics, alcohol.
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The debut novel of Graeme Simsion, an Australian IT consultant turned writer, The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy with sublime character precision and soppy but gratifying genre fulfilment...It's easily as impressive as in an obvious predecessor, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Second, The Rosie Project is extremely funny. The reader is in a privileged position, able to see Don's faux pas when he doesn't, but also has a huge amount of affection for the character, whose dispassionate view of illogical social norms is captured with snort-inducing deadpan accuracy. Warmly recommended.
Whether we become what we are through our genes or through our experiences in life is the old chestnut that this debut novelist tackles with refreshing originality, wit and verve...Filled with engaging specificities of character and setting, the professor's struggle to understand the "fundamental, insurmountable problem of who I was" also becomes a poignant universal story about discovering how best to reconcile logic and emotion, head and heart, and connect our lives with others.

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When Don Tillman, a genetics professor, decides it is time to get married, he devises a scientific survey designed to filter out undesirables, calling it the "Wife Project." When Don meets Rosie Jarman, she is quickly eliminated as wife material, but when he assists Rosie in a search for her biological father, he discovers that love finds you, not the other way around.
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Criteria set / Rosie fails all, but love blooms / It's incredible (LynnB)
Who's Rosie's daddy?
Brown eyes can be recessive,
Not ev'ryone knew!

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Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2013.

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