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The Rosie Project (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Graeme Simsion

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Title:The Rosie Project
Authors:Graeme Simsion
Info:Michael Joseph (2013), Hardcover, 304 pages
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (2013)

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Four stars for an easy to read, entertaining and fast-paced book.
 
What's it about? (from Goodreads): 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.
 
I had heard a lot from this book, and I'm glad I picked it up. It was funny from the very beginning, and I loved every character. While it can be criticized that the book takes a bit lightly the issue of Asperger's, I think it's a great first approach for a very interesting subject, and I had a great time reading it.
 
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  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
This was a light, laugh out loud read about relationships, quirky personalities, accepting who we are. It is both absurd and grounded in the real world. Maybe unrealistic but you want it to be possible. Not great literature but worth reading. ( )
  elkhornkate | Jan 3, 2017 |
3.5 stars. The book started out fabulous - I thought for sure it was going to be great. I laughed quite a bit in the beginning. It then fell a little flat in the middle. I did enjoy the story, I just wish the middle and the end were as good as the beginning. I see Don and Rosie's story continues in another book - adding it to my list of books to read :) ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
really sweet book. Quick fun read. Humorous.
high functioning autistic man, works as a geneticist, has a project to find a wife. heartwarming ( )
  lindaspangler | Dec 30, 2016 |
Don Tillman is a tenured prof of genetics at a university in Melbourne. He has Asperger's syndrome and only one friend, fellow professor Gene. Don's life is scheduled to the minute as per his syndrome and he has difficulties in social situations. He decides that he needs a wife, designs the Wife Project with a questionnaire to screen candidates. Then, along comes Rosie who is gorgeous, wacky, spontaneous and a barmaid PhD student, the opposite of what Don requires in a wife. He helps her collect to collect DNA samples to identify her real father since her mother died without identifying him, launching the Rosie Project. This is a very readable, enjoyable book with a predictable but satisfying ending. I gained some insight into the mind of someone with Asperger's ( )
  MaggieFlo | Dec 29, 2016 |
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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.
added by SimoneA | editNew York Times, Gabriel Roth (Oct 18, 2013)
 
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)

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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.… (more)

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