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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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t’s almost impossible to convey how immensely fun and clever this book is. It's about two very imperfect people; Don who has what appears to be Asperger syndrome, and Rosie, a bit of a mess herself, and the exact opposite of what Don needs. She breaks every mold of what he finds acceptable behavior, yet he is drawn to her. The story is told from the Don’s POV. He is socially inept, extremely rigid and scrutinizes everything, it’s just who he is. But, his quirky behavior, and unique perception of the world are what carry this story. As you follow along on his journey to find the perfect wife you won’t be able to stop reading. This is a lighthearted, delightful read.

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  Princetonbookreview | Jul 20, 2017 |
‘The Rosie Project’ is an endearing story about a brilliant, but socially awkward, genetics professor, Don Tillman, who exhibits the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome in many aspects of his daily life. Don requires organization, repetition of order, and a life devoid of emotions, such as romantic love. So to acquire a mate in life, Don initiates The Wife Project, to filter out all of the undesirable candidates through a comprehensive survey, and to be matched with the perfect prospective wife. Through this endeavor, one of the wife candidates he meets is Rosie, who is a completely unsuitable match for him by survey standards. But Don befriends Rosie and embarks on a journey to help her to find her real, biological dad, who has eluded her all her life. Working through the gene pool of prospective fathers, the two find themselves traveling across continents, in search of gene specimens to test and encountering the most interesting and humorous experiences. ‘The Rosie Project’ was extremely charming and quirky, and I heartily recommend it. The author, Graeme Simsion, presents a witty, enticing love story, which encompasses about as much science as possible in the creation of romantic love. ( )
  haymaai | Jul 17, 2017 |
Love is awkward.

Where logic and emotion collide is an explosive battlefield between the sexes. For Don Tillman, the literal minded, Asperger affected, geneticist the course of true love has never run. Period. But a passing remark from a rare friend plants the nugget in his brain that what he needs is a wife. And so he sets out to get a perfect one by using scientific methods: questionnaires, data analysis, and testing.

Thank goodness things go wrong. They go wonderfully wrong when Rosie enters the picture. She is definitely not marriage material -- she smokes, she's invariably late, she wears jewelry and make-up, even dyes her hair. And she's very disturbing to Don's regulated life. Besides, she has issues. Major issues, concerning who her biological father is.

Unluckily for both of them, Don is a geneticist. So, he thinks he has answers. Soon, two ill-suited people are a couple with a mutual problem to solve -- how to get biological samples from paternal candidates that can be tested for matching DNA. Be assured, all will not go smoothly. And that's what makes this novel a delightful beach read that can be enjoyed in a weekend.

Simsion does an excellent and humane job of putting the reader in the mind of a straight line thinker who is genetically incapable of social functioning, empathy, and probably love. Being alter-Don is sometimes painful but Simsion makes the pain a pleasure when he delivers a belly laugh every chapter. He also lends reality to his character's life by choosing balanced secondary players, so well drawn that even the minor characters are memorable and ultimately likable. Rosie almost steals the "show" from Don, but Simsion constructs his story so well that readers will know that this is Don's stage. But they'll realize that Rosie lights it up.

If you have an ounce of empathy for any other human being, you'll enjoy this easy book that has precisely the right measure of heft to make it worth your time. ( )
  Limelite | Jul 10, 2017 |
Just too quirky-cute for me. Initially the narrator's emotionally detached "voice" is an interesting perspective on asperger's, but it quickly turns tiresome and trite.

This novel (actually a play turned into book, and soon to be a movie) is similar in tone to "Silver Linings Playbook" — in which attractive "unbalanced" protagonists find love and happiness wrapped-in-a-neat-bow. ( )
  dcmr | Jul 4, 2017 |
If you like Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" then this is the book for you! It is funny, charming, sweet and supremely cute. A great read for the summer. ( )
  edellaporta | Jun 26, 2017 |
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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)
Who's Rosie's daddy?
Brown eyes can be recessive,
Not ev'ryone knew!

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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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