Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publication Date: January 2013
Genre: Humour, Contemporary Romance,
Rating: Four of Five Stars
Summary: Narrator Don Tillman 39, Melbourne genetics prof and Gregory Peck lookalike, sets a 16-page questionnaire The Wife Project to find a non-smoker, non-drinker ideal match. But Rosie and her Father Project
supersede. The spontaneous always-late smoker-drinker wants to find her
biological father. She resets his clock, throws off his schedule, and
turns his life topsy-turvy.
Rosie Project is one of those books where I finished and found myself
immediately thinking that I could see it being made into a movie and
wanted it to happen.
Don Tillman is forty years old, single, and
never expects to have romance in his life or get married. His life is
very exact, and he prefers it that way - it makes sense, and logic
dominates over anything else.
Then he meets Rosie and all of that goes out the window.
Rosie Project is by turns embarrassing (just a warning, if you have a
keen sense of second hand embarrassment, it might be triggered in this
book!), heartwarming, sad, adorable and hilarious. I thought it was
I know that some people will undoubtedly criticize the
author because of the main character - they'll say that the book makes
light of medical conditions, etc. Maybe I'd agree if I came out of this
feeling as though the author is pointing and laughing, but on the
contrary - I feel the book uses humour to illuminate, rather than
criticize or embarrass. Don is clearly a character we are meant to care
for and empathise with, and it is incredibly possible to learn through
reading this book.
Personally, I found the book amazing for the
journey it lead me on, as we follow Don through his journey of self
discovery. There are certain key sentences that are short and simple,
but the amount of information packed into them, the emotional impact -
it's incredible, and that really added to the book, for me. This applied
to thoughts about him, and thoughts about others around him. It's not
just Don's story, it's Rosie's story and it's the story of Gene, Don's
best friend, and someone who the book also revolves around in it's own
I really enjoyed the book - I ended it with a smile on my face. I'd definitely recommend it.