The Rosie Project

A Novel
Simsion, Graeme C. (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rosie Project

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THE ART OF LOVE IS NEVER A SCIENCE MEET DON TILLMAN, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie-and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you. Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion's distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.
Authors: Simsion, Graeme C.
Title: The Rosie project
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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ISBN: 9781476729084
Statement of Responsibility: Graeme Simsion
Subject Headings: College teachers Australia Fiction. Genetics Research Fiction. Marriage Fiction.
Topical Term: College teachers
LCCN: 2013000364
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Comment by: Cleveland_PL Sep 04, 2014

Reviewed by Beth Hatch, Virtual Services Manager at Cleveland Public Library

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics. He derives to find the perfect mate using a questionnaire and detailed analysis known as "The Wife Project." He meets Rosie, a woman looking for her biological father... Read More »

Comment by: Johna A Large Jun 21, 2014

Like Sheldon on The BIg Bang Theory? Meet Don, nearly a clone of Sheldon who develops The Wife Project when he thinks he ought to get married. How does Rosie become a candidate? Read this highly entertaining novel and find out!

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Oct 15, 2014
  • mytwin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A book that made me laugh out loud .The inner thoughts of a high functioning autistic intellectual were fascinating and very entertaining.

Super read! Light, yet intelligent novel. It took me a little while to get into it but once there I was hooked. Despite of the characters' individual human foibles, one liked each and every one of them. Perfect bedtime reading for a relaxed sleep :)

Sep 05, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reading out of my usual fare and I believe I have emerged unscathed. It's a well known and well loved formula but the details here, namely our protagonist's eccentricities, made it an enjoyable bit of lighter reading. There are times that Don's believability seems a bit strained but Rosie shines as a perfect example as people falling for their opposites. The mystery of who is Rosie's father, which is how it starts for them as Don is a geneticist who decides to help her out in finding out who that is, doesn't even really matter as the story goes on. The hijinks in getting hold of DNA samples is but other than that you really just want to see these two together and are really just shouting it at them. Or maybe that was just me?

All in all, great light read and is sure to snap you out of any reading slump or at the very least give you something different.

Reviewed by Beth Hatch, Virtual Services Manager at Cleveland Public Library

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics. He derives to find the perfect mate using a questionnaire and detailed analysis known as "The Wife Project." He meets Rosie, a woman looking for her biological father, who is quite possibly the antithesis of his ideal mate. The adventure and that unfolds as he helps Rosie find her biological father becomes more than he bargained for, in more ways than one.

This is one of my favorite books. I love the unconventional love story, told from the perspective of someone who has Ausperger's. It reminded me of the movie As Good As It Gets. The characters were engaging and unique, and I loved every minute. Wonderful audiobook!

A delightful book, warm, humorous and engaging. I picked up as something to read while on a long bus ride. I usually pick something that will pass the time and not necessarily need to finish. Rosie's Project instantly pulled me in and when I arrived home I instantly sat down to finish it. I can't wait for the sequel.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A comical insight into the world of intellectual and social differentness that makes you challenge your own definition of normal while laughing non stop! I couldn't put it down - it was a cover-to-cover read and I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a break from reality. It works on multiple levels - once the initial dose of humor subsides you can reflect on the social comments that were not-so-subtly included in the book."

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Don is a charming and socially challenged genetics professor on a mission to find true love and marriage. He devises a questionnaire and sets out testing it out on women, soon realizing that love isn't always what looks good on paper!"

A very good book! Always interesting when there are quirky characters. Highly recommended and a good, light read.

Aug 24, 2014
  • Ailiene rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and entertaining book to read. As said by another reader very much like Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.

Aug 21, 2014
  • gramercygal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr Simsion created quite an unusual character in Don Tillman. Reading it I was captivated by Don's language and outlook on the world.

He want to get married and creates a questionnaire for women to respond to, so he can judge if they are suitable or not. Needless to say he is socially and emotionally challenged.

Then Rosie comes into his life and turns it upside down! Which in his case ... is a good thing.

Rosie believes her mother had an affair and became impregnated with someone other than her father.

This is when the story gets very interesting. I don't want to spoil it for you ... go read it yourself!

Apparently there will be a movie made! I can't wait to see it (and who they cast as Don!)

Aug 18, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you're looking for something different to read away from your standard fiction, this is the book for you! 'The Rosie Project' is quirky, funny, and poignant. It's hard to fit all those qualities in a piece of fiction. You will root for Don Tillman all the way through the book as he makes many personal changes (not an easy thing to do for him!) in order to win the woman he loves. A sequel is due later this year.

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Jul 16, 2014
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.


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Jan 10, 2014
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