Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion



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Title: The Rosie Project
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Synopsis: Don Tillman, thirty-something brilliant Geneticist, is looking for a wife. As a man of Science and reason, he is going to use his knowledge of experimental design to find his ideal mate. He will use a questionnaire, he will go on dates, he will collect information, and analyze data until The Wife Project is completed.

Then he meets Rosie. Logically, she is not an ideal candidate for The Wife Project. She smokes, she curses, and she's constantly late. 


Still, Don thinks she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Plus, she's interesting and intelligent. But she is also on a quest of her own; to find her biological father. So she enlists Don's help and his search for a wife takes a backseat.


Soon Don learns that he can have fun with Rosie and chaos would not ensue just because he did not have every minute planned out. 

My Review:  Oh how I love this book. Let me tell you about it! 

The Rosie Project is an amazing book. It is funny, thoughtful, and intelligent. It is interesting form start to finish. I could not put this book down and I did not want the story to end. 

It is written from the point of view of the protagonist, Don Tillman. An incredibly brilliant man with very few friends whom he values. He likes his schedules, and he is logical. 

Even though he is smart and he knows other people are not on the same level as he is, I don't see him as an arrogant person. I think Don can be endearing. 

He can be socially awkward - just like anyone else. And maybe sometimes, more than anyone else. He also doesn't like to waste his time on things he doesn't think are important and he wants to find The One. Just like anyone else. 

Although Don's idea of The One may not be the same as your's or mine - he doesn't factor in being in love with someone, this doesn't make his search less important. 

I think everything about Don makes him the type of protagonist one would root for. I just wanted him to have his happy ending. 

I think it's because he's the type of person who is open to improving. Since he is logical he understands the importance of working on himself, and working things out. He's willing to consider changes. It may take some consideration but he does consider it! And I think that's an impressive quality. 

The plot of The Rosie Project is well thought out. Like Don's weekly schedule, there is a right time for everything. Also, each character adds something to the story, their conversations are fluid, and they help move the story along. 

The contrast between Don and Rosie is perfect. They are adorable together. They are complementary. They bring so much warmth and just the right amount of gooey-ness to the story. 

The fact that Don's character developed throughout the novel is probably my favorite aspect. Character development can make it or break it for me personally. There's nothing impressive about a character who can't evolve, or learn from something. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is smart. It is adorable. It is funny. Reading it made me happy and I would read it again and again. 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 



Have you read The Rosie Project? If you have, what did you think of it? 

What did you think of Don? Rosie? Don's The Wife Project? 

If you haven't read The Rosie Project, will you read it? 


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