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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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Great read , wonderful characters ( )
  mishy215 | Jul 18, 2016 |
I was not sure I was going to enjoy this book when I first started reading it. Dr. Don Tillman is ready to have a wife and settle down but there are a few problems. He can't get past the second date and he has conditions like no smoking. His friend Gene, another professor in his department sends in Rosie. Tillman immediately rules her out as a good candidate because she smokes, is always late and is a vegetarian. But Rosie is trying to find out who her biological father is and since Tillman is a professor of genetics, he soon starts the Father Project in eliminating the men who were in Rosie's Mother's graduating class.

Tillman is a lot like his Aspergers syndrome patients he studies. He has to be on a rigid schedule, doesn't like to deviate from the schedule. He has issues reading social situations and expressions and takes things literally. I watch Parenthood and he is a lot like the boy Max on there.

I found this book humorous, entertaining, heartwarming and just all around enjoyable. I would have read it faster except I was spending the holidays with family. It is a quick read and can be read within a day. I recommend this book if you want something totally different and to see what it's like to have Aspergers. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
I felt a bit guilty for enjoying this book – maybe too much of the fun was at Don’s expense. Still, it was good natured fun. Don’s insights made this romantic comedy more touching than simply entertaining. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
I think I must be one of the few people who has ever read this book who did not like it, because this book has a 4-star average on Goodreads. And if you are familiar with Goodreads at all, you would know that 4-stars is pretty darn good for an average.

I simply do not particularly like the characters in this book, and I do not care to read about them or their thought processes or issues for one more minute, because it feels like an utter waste of my time. And when reading feels like that, rather than an enjoyable past-time, it is time to move on to the next book.

I tried to like this book. I gave it to exactly 50% before I threw in the towel, because I kept thinking it would get more enjoyable. But Rosie is really the only character I do like, and she plays such a small role in the book, relatively, that she's not enough to keep me hanging on. Don should keep me entertained, because my first thought upon starting this book was that he reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory on TV, but despite thinking this the whole way through, I simply cannot connect with him and find him a likable character.

And then there is Gene. I honestly don't know that I've gotten the whole story behind Gene, because I'm only 50% through the book, but I find him vile. I find him so vile he is, frankly, a big factor in why I'm not continuing on with the book. If I had to figure it, I'd say he's 50% of why I'm not continuing on.

Obviously I am missing something charming about this book, but right now I simply cannot see what that something is. And some books are like that. Despite being wildly popular, sometimes they just don't connect on that level with everyone, and that is okay. That is why there is such a huge selection of books, and that is why it is such a great thing that we don't HAVE to finish anything we start reading.

Perhaps someday I'll come back to this and give it another shot. But for now, it's just not a winner for me. ( )
  TheGrandWorldofBooks | Jun 26, 2016 |
Fast, fun read, couldn't put it down. Finished in a little over 24 how, and I'm not a ficton reader! ( )
  Pamici | Jun 16, 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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