Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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.


The Rosie Project was actually one of the cutest love stories I've read in a long time. It's quirky, yet lovable main character and supporting cast definitely brought the story to life.

The story starts with Don Tillman, a basically anti-social genetics professor who has decided to finally take charge of his romantic life and solve his "wife problem" once and for all. Logically, he embarks on a scientific project to find the perfect wife. Through the use of data tables and graphs he will find love...Of course there's an unexpected twist when he meets Rosie Jarman, a girl who is complete opposite of his idea of the ideal partner. But he realizes through this "Wife Project" that love can't always be measured through careful analysis.

There are no words to explain this book, but I will attempt to do so. You immediately fall in love with Don's character. When you first meet him, it seems he has a cold personality, but later events prove differently. I could really connect with him after reading about the sadness of his life. But this is not a total tear-jerker book. It's actually quite hilarious. Because of Don's mechanical nature the way he handles social situations is...interesting. I literally laughed out loud while reading this book, which is a rare occurrence for me. I never really cry or express real emotion while reading books.

On to the love interest, Rosie Jarman. Rosie is definitely, to coin a term, a mixed-up character. It seems like she likes Don, then otherwise, and then back again. Her conflicted emotions made me want to shake her and say, "Can't you see he's the one for you! You guys would be frickin' perfect together!" Alas, the characters can never hear what you're saying. While she's the complete opposite of Don's mechanical character, she's the perfect one for him from the start. The phrase "opposites attract" comes to mind when describing their relationship. Her crazy and wild personality is enough to get Don to come out of his shell. Seeing them interact together is just adorable. The witty banter and interactions touch everyone's inner-geeky heart.

Overall, The Rosie Project is a hilariously unique love story that everyone can fall in love with. It reinvents the idea of the geek finally getting the girl.

Overall Rating 4 stars.

About the Author
Graeme C. Simsion is a New Zealand born Australian author, screen-writer, playwright and data modeller. He recently won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project.

Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling.

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