Book One in Don Tillman Series
Author: Graeme Simsion
Published: October 1, 2013 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: Adult contemporary
My Rating: 4/5
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
I went into this book, not knowing what to expect from it. So I can’t really say I was surprised by it, but I’m going to say it anyways I was surprised by it. The book is told from Don Tillman’s perspective, he is a geneticist who works for a university in Australia. (For the longest time I wasn’t sure if they were in Australia or Britain…) Don is on a quest, to find his prefect match. In order to weed out incompatible matches he works up a questionnaire. Introduce Rosie, who is the exact opposite of what Don is looking for. And you have an beautiful story.
Oh. Don. What a special creature you are. I had a wonderful time inside your head, and seeing how you think. You’ve changed my views in many areas.
This book was so quirky and awkwardly fun. I had the best time falling for these characters and seeing their story play out. I really enjoyed Rosie, she was really patient with Don and together they made for some really funny moments. I loved how their relationship played out, it never felt forced yeah it was awkward at times but never forced. I really enjoyed character develops that happens. Don learns a little bit about how to relax, and just go with the flow but most importantly a much needed reality check. He had to realize that no one is without fault and you just have to learn to love the other person just the way they are. At the end Don changed but was still very true to himself.
The writing style of this book is so unique and that’s mostly because of the narrator’s voice. It was very straight forward but since you’re in Don’s mind, it sometimes took a minute for some things to click, at least for me. But by then I would be laughing out loud with how awkward the situation at hand was.
I also really enjoyed Don’s friend Gene, even though he was a totally douche. I kinda liked how frank he was, and he was just an interesting character all round. But I didn’t really approve on how he went about with his relationship with his wife, Claudia.
Overall, I enjoyed The Rosie Project it was a prefect balance of funny and socially awkward. It is filled with entertaining dialogue and complex characters. And everyone says this but it’s true, Don Tillman is so similar to Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. They need to be friends. Or at least get them in the same room as each other and hand me some popcorn!
Sums up Rosie and Don.