The Rosie Project

A Novel

Simsion, Graeme C.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rosie Project
Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy "bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and...humor," ( Entertainment Weekly ) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love. The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. 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 possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is "quite intelligent for a barmaid"). But Don is intrigued by Rosie's own quest to identify 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 "navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take" ( USA TODAY ). "Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we're wired, just want to fit in" ( Chicago Tribune ).

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476729091
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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Mar 25, 2015

asperger-type geneticist looking for perfect mate. By no means a page-turner.

Mar 24, 2015
  • cjdevesa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book, had a hard time putting it down 😊

Mar 23, 2015
  • kityojames rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fast paced flowing, easy reading, naturally unfolding humor and suspense. I can only recommend this book to someone who has not laughed after reading a piece of brilliantly woven romance fiction .

Mar 20, 2015

I truly enjoyed this quick read novel, a first for the author. Ron and Rosie start out as an unlikely match but time will tell what happens!

Mar 20, 2015
  • BarbieQ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read. Light, fun, different but also thought provoking concerning the "Don Tillman's" in your life.

Mar 18, 2015
  • MariePat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book and a page turner. I love the characters of Rosie and Don. If you enjoy this novel, there is a sequel called "The Rosie Effect" available at Oakville Public Library.

Mar 13, 2015
  • chogs rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Since this kind of narrative is not really my style, I was not into it.
Raced through it trying to find a positive..Also, not a fan of chick lit type of writing

Mar 13, 2015
  • looper46 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An OK read, good for a plane ride, some funny stuff, but if you know Sheldon, you know the book. I'll read the next book out, but won't stand in line for it.

Feb 16, 2015

This story was great! Don reminds me of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.

Feb 08, 2015
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A terrific vacation or weekend read. Very amusing. Nothing serious here, but not your typical romance either. Good fun.

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

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

Dec 31, 2013

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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