Title: The Rosie project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Date: October 1st 2013
About the Rosie project
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 shocking. 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.
You don’t want to know how many times I saw this book in the bookstores and also bought it. A year ago I went to a book event and I saw this book (together with Rosie effect) and it was only 10 euro’s, so I had to buy it. For months I didn’t touch it. I heard a lot of good stories about it, but it didn’t seem like the right book for me anymore. But I gave it a try last week and OH MY. I loved it. I had to get used to this character Don at first, but when Rosie came around, I started to like Don more and more. Even though he thought that Rosie was absolutely no perfect wife for him, you started to notice that he really liked her. He was doing all those things for her. This shows that your future husband/wife might be completely different than you would expect. I remember that I made lists of how my ideal partner would like when I was younger. I can throw that away now.
I can’t wait to start reading the Rosie effect and see what happens next.
Have you read The Rosie Project?