I’ve been hearing a lot about The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion lately, and picked it up when I was in the mood for a light read last week. I ended up finishing it in a single sitting. Usually, reading a bad book can put me in a reading slump. The Rosie Project did the opposite: I immediately started looking for another book to read, and have finished about a book a day since.
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, is bad at dating. But when an old friend tells him he would make a wonderful husband, he decides to solve the problem. And so, the Wife Project is born. He narrows down his preferences and sets out to find his perfect mate. After all, statistically, there is someone for everyone. When he meets Rosie Jarman, he immediately decides that she doesn’t fit any of his qualifications for a wife. Still, she has an interesting problem: she doesn’t know who her father is. Don decides to use his genetics skills and resources to help Rosie with the Father Project. And soon, he finds out that love is not always what looks good on paper.
It is an adorable love story told from a very unique perspective. Don Tillman reminded me a lot of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, but with maybe more social skills. A few pages in, I thought he was going to be pretty annoying (the story is told from his perspective), but he absolutely wasn’t. I truly enjoyed his character growth throughout the book.
I’ve read a lot of books with unconventional love interests, and this is by far my favorite. I thought it was just really well done and creative, and, best of all, real.
I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the movie version (as of this posting, Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Rosie). I am also planning on reading the sequel, The Rosie Effect, soon.
You can get your very own copy of The Rosie Project here.