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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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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 |
Enjoyable voice and main character, but too predictable. ( )
  akh3966 | May 31, 2016 |
This was quite charming and I found myself laughing out loud ( BUT laughing at Don!!!) in a couple of places, but I was not quite convinced by Don. At times I lost his voice and heard the author trying too hard to manufacture a character with Asperger's syndrome. I know that Don's character should be endearing, but I just couldn't get past the idea that he shouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of romantic ridicule.
Look, I'm probably being too politically correct, but I imagine that, if I were the parent of an autistic child, I would be insulted.
How the hell does Don decide that, after 40 years, he can suddenly feel emotions that have been absent for his entire life?
And how presumptuous of the author to decide that a conventional life with wife and family is the ideal! br/]Aargh! The more I think about this book, the more I find to dislike about it! ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
4 stars

This one made me laugh out loud several times before I finished the first chapter. I really love Don. I think Rosie is lucky to get him. He’s good looking, physically fit, has black belts in two disciplines of martial arts, a good job, and he cooks. And, oh yes, he’s clearly on the high functioning, intellectual prodigy end of the Asperger spectrum. This book concerns his Wife Project, which in the spirit of all great romantic comedies, doesn’t turn out as expected.

I worry a bit when a disabled (or neurologically different) character becomes the object of comedy. Teachers try to protect kids from this sort of derision. Don is funny, but he is also the hero of this story. He does get himself into hysterical messes, but there’s kind of grace in his quirky solutions to the chaos that surrounds him.

This was a great, feel good story to start the year with. The plot is very episodic, like a movie script. A good movie, I hope to go see it some time.
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1 vote msjudy | May 30, 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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O'Grady, DanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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