The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Annike: Hey guys! I’m so sorry that we have been so bad at posting here lately. Things have been crazy at school and they still are so hopefully after this week – when its school holidays – we will finally be back to regular posting. For now, I am going to review a book that I read a little while ago and really loved. It’s not young adult exactly but definitely recommended to people of all ages!
16181775.jpgDon 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.

So I actually listened to half of this book and read the other half. It was such an interesting premise, and definitely the first book i’ve read that is written in the 1st person from a man with aspergers. I really began to love Don by the time I ended the book. He was so precious and likeable and even though I found him hard to connect with at the beginning, throughout the story I loved learning more about him and the way his brain worked.

The story was quite simple and easy to follow as well as being fun, but at the same time it brings up some really interesting concepts of what it is like when you are ‘wired a little differently’ as Don would say. At the same time, the story was really funny and amusing. Some of the events that happened as well as the dialogue made me chuckle 🙂

As for the other characters, they were all really interesting and unique. Rosie was an awesome character but really hard to picture because she seemed eccentric with piercings and smoking etc. but at the same time she also seemed like a really sweet and caring character. Don’t get me wrong, of course you can be both! But sometimes it confused me as to who Rosie really was. Despite this Rosie was a really likable character who accepted Don for all his quirks and that was really awesome. I didn;t like Gene’s best friend Gene, purely because I wasn’t a big fan of his morals. All this same his family were great and the way that Gene regarded all his friends was super fun to read about.

The premise of the story was also really interesting. Not only were we given the chance to get to know Don and his quirky lifestyle but we were introduced to his Wife Project, in which women completed a survey to see if they were compatible to all the qualities Don wanted in a woman. It was also exciting to see this project morph into the father project where Don decided to help Rosie, and from there the story just continues.

Overall, even though this book is a little different to my normal reads, I found it a super enjoyable book that was light and funny, all while having some really teachable and interesting moments. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something to read and it was definitely not what I was expecting! We will hopefully be back with another post at the end of this week and after all our exams. Hopefully, things start going back to normal on here after that 🙂 Thanks for being so patient guys!

~ A x

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