Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718178122
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a story about love, life and lobsters...

    Meet Don Tillman.
    Don is getting married.
    He just doesn't know who to yet.
    But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.
    One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.
    Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

    Telling the story of Rosie and Don, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project is an international phenomenon, sold in over thirty countries - and counting.

    Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who's decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who's unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn't really do flexible so, despite lots of takers - he looks like Gregory Peck - he's not having much success in identifying The One.
    When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it's to apply for the Wife Project - and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn't eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don's assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.
    Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you...

    Cover:  I love this simple, quirky and totally relevant cover.

    I loved this book.
    I'm a massive Big Bang Theory fan, and from page one I immediately thought Don was Sheldon Cooper's doppleganger.  This book was like reading an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
    Don is a genius, but socially awkward.  And dating is just disastrous.  So he devises a questionnaire to find the perfect wife.  Along the way meeting Rosie- who meets none of his requirements.  While helping her find her real father he discovers that despite the odds, he has fun with Rosie- which seemingly defies logic.
    I found the whole premise, characters, writing- hilarious.  It was just a light, fun read.  Don's perspective, and inadvertent humor were a pleasure to read.
    One of my favourites so far this year.
    5/5 stars.

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