“An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.”
I just went to Goodreads to get the synopsis…and this book has a sequel?!?! I. Need. This. In. My. Life!!!
Anyways, The Rosie Project is such a cute adult contemporary and I couldn’t help but smile all the way through it. Don and Rosie are great and I couldn’t get over Gene and Claudia pushing their advice.
Don is so analytically and reminds me of my sister in law (whom I don’t get along with) but his explanations are so ingenious that I laughed at points. There’s such a thing as a “meal chart”??? Where has that been all my life?? Hahaha
Rosie is so wonderful and tolerant that I loved her right along with Don and was hoping they would just end up together. They certainly need someone like each other in their lives. And that was great.
The ending was so sweet and I am excited for a sequel.
Graeme Simsion wrote such a beautiful story that I couldn’t put down. I love that it was entirely from Don’s point of view and that Don was of a different mindset than you are typically used to. Its a light, summery read and I genuinely enjoyed it.