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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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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It sounds perfectly and scientifically simple: develop a questionnaire to find the perfect wife. But analytically-minded Don hadn't expected to meet Rosie. Rosie, who failed to meet nearly every one of his criteria, still captivated Don in ways that even he couldn't comprehend. But Rosie has her own agenda to pursue, and Don may fall short of her expectations. Alas, the road to true love is often bumpy, but this one is perpetually under construction! Much humor abounds in this tale as the characters develop and grow in their own way. A fun romp as life in the world of academia meets the real world of the corner bar. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 25, 2015 |
I was so amused with this romantic comedy. The premise of a highly functional professor of genetics with Asperger syndrome who meets a Phd in psychology while pursuing a mate via his self-designed questionnaire was offbeat. I enjoyed it so much I read it in one day. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
A college professor decides it's time for him to enter the dating scene and get married eventually. How to do this?!! He develops a project for the endeavor. The Wife Project. There will be a questionnaire that he will around to all the women he meets through dating sites on the internet. The situations that he gets himself into are hilarious. He eventually meets the woman whom he wants to marry but is he ready to forego his everyday living routine for her?

This book was recommended to me by others. This is not my usual genre but glad that I read it. ( )
  suzanne5002 | Jul 22, 2015 |
Cute! ( )
  MermaidxLibrarian | Jul 16, 2015 |
Professor of Genetics at a prestigious university Don Tillman finds himself personally a little short changed in the gene department. Although he does have friends – two to be exact - he is socially awkward, a little staid and most definitely OCD. He is fairly comfortable in his life but would like to have a life partner. The problem is women are just not naturally drawn to him, and when he does interact with them he finds them definitely not up to his exacting standards. Despite a 16-page questionnaire he calls “The Wife Project” he is still finding now luck in mating. When Rosie appears in his office he immediately knows that she is a most unsuitable candidate for his survey, but she needs his help in another endeavor soon to be known as “The Rosie Project”. They both agree that they are not suitable to mate, but can they even work together?

The best words to describe this book are fun and quirky. It is definitely a light read meant to be enjoyed. Which I did! It is a comedy; sometimes a romantic comedy and sometimes just a comedy of errors. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) but secretly cheer on Amy Farrah Fowler then you will love this book. If you laughed and cried with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in “As Good As It Gets” you definitely have to pick up this book.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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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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