The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion
A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?Tweet
We are currently reading this for our March read. So far great feedback from our bookworms.
Couldn’t put it down
A sweet, charming, funny, sometimes sad and ultimately moving romantic comedy that makes a perfect quick, undemanding read, a sort of palate freshener if you are looking for a break from more serious fare. I found its exploration of living with Asperger's (though Don Tillman remains blissfully unaware he is on the spectrum) to be insightful and informative without getting too heavy or overburdened by the amount of research that must have gone into its writing, and Simsion treats his characters with sympathy and affection.
Reading the book, Don reminded me of Saga Noren from The Bridge. There's a tendency to sentimentality in the latter part of the book, with a romantic ending that didn't entirely convince me (and feels just a little too much like the set-up for a sequel), yet I was prepared to suspend my disbelief because the book is such a delightful read that genuinely touched my cynical old heart. Still, I have to say I was not exactly sure I wanted Don's "Wife Project" to succeed if the price exacted is that he must become more "normal" for surely love means accepting a partner as they are, unconditionally- and you would get to enjoy fresh lobster every Tuesday? OTOH I can forgive pretty much anything for laugh-out-loud scenes such as 'the jacket incident'! Don's narrative voice is just so endearing how can you not want him to succeed? I am not at all surprised to learn the novel is being turned into a movie.
An unusual book about living with Aspergers. It was sad but made me laugh too. I will seek out the next two books, so I must be hooked!
A love story with a twist. Enjoyed the male, very logical, but copmpletely impractical attitude to love. My hubby loved it too. It reminds us all that however perfect we think we are or others seem to us, we're all the same really.