The Rosie Project

A Novel

Simsion, Graeme C.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rosie Project
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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476729107
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,22 cm


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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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Jan 25, 2015
  • stewstealth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A "cute" romance story that is a pretty funny and fast read. Worth it due to the humour and characters even with the ending.

It is quite a light read. I found the ending a little too neat and tidy. It is unrealistic in that such a cool, attractive person such as Rosie would go for a nerdy professor and actually marry him, but then this is fiction!

Dec 30, 2014
  • sadams1890 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is a fun book being easy to read and not too deep. Four other book club members liked it.....sa...

Dec 29, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great beach read - I finished it in a day and laughed the whole way though. Endearing characters, heart warming story.

Nov 28, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely feel-good story. Don Tillman is a socially ackward genetics professor who has decided that he needs a wife. Of course the only logical way to find one is to produce a questionnaire. This way he can exclude those candidates who don't meet all his requirements. Although we can easily see how it will end, the story keeps us interested because we are enjoying the ride. The writing has just the right tone and rhythm. A great little read with a bit of a message handled in a very lighthearted way.

Nov 28, 2014
  • amandarobinson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We read this book at Unionville's Thursday Evening Book Club.

The majority of us felt it was a light, humorous book about love and individuality. However, we felt the end wrapped up too neatly.

All in all, it's a fast, light, funny, witty, and heart-warming read. Definitely worth a look!

The main character is definitely reminiscent of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory!

Nov 10, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful, warm-hearted story of what love means. Accepting differences, loving people for who they are rather than who you might like them to be, and being charming in a social setting can all be learned from Don's example. He may be wired differently, but he knows how to use his intelligence and personal experiences to resolve problems. Rosie is sweet, too :).

This novel takes us into the mind of a high-functioning autistic scientist, Don, who shows us how a rewired brain expresses the humanity inherent in all of us. Differences on the surface can’t detract from the need for love and social acceptance deep within all our hearts.

We see how Don recognizes his social short-comings and works to compensate for them. And we see how one person’s love and acceptance (Rosie) allows him to blossom. Rosie takes the time to understand Don’s psyche and teaches him how to expand his world to let her inside. Opposites do indeed attract. To enrich our life experiences it is often better to bond with someone who fills in our gaps rather than accentuates them.

A heart-warming story spiced with humor, this novel gives hope to all those looking for the perfect match.

Not until I read the back jacket did I realize that the book was originally written as a screenplay and, that's how it reads: light and quick. It would make a sweet and comedic love film.

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 :)

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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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