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.
©2013 Graeme Simsion (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
This is one of those stories that make you feel as if you CAN feel someone elses life. And reminds you that you can"t!! Normally I like my romance novels a little hot - this book was not at all. Yet the characters made my heart hurt. I loved it.
See, I am a sucker for the oddballs, the awkward, and the loners.
Poor Don Tillman . . . He just can't attract a mate. Sure, on paper he is a catch: intelligent, physically fit, a great cook, an apartment with a balcony and an amazing view, but it just isn't working. Sure, he gets approached, goes out on plenty first dates; it's the second dates that are hard to come by. A smooth operator he is not. He isn't, as they say, a people person. In fact, he is downright awkward, prone to say the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time. His problem: he doesn't pick up on social cues, that tacit knowledge of social interaction most of us picked up on when we are children. And while it is true that some of us are better than others at picking up on these social ticks, almost all of us are better at it than our Don.
But at least he knows he has this problem and he is determined to not let that hinder him from achieving his goal and being the scientist that he is he comes up with a plan: the Wife Project.
What follows next is the stuff of romantic comedies. Is it a bit formulaic? Sure. But then again so was "When Harry Met Sally." And that doesn't stop it from being one of my favorite movies. You go in knowing where it is all going to end. The payoff is in the journey not necessarily the destination. And it is as whimsical and fun as just about anything you will read this year.
didn't read the book
Very good book. Made me laugh out loud several times. It was light and fun to listen to.
The combination of the story line and the excellent reader
The oddball's search for love.
Everything. Good pacing, Excellent voicing
Rosie. I want to know what she is like and what drew her to Don
This is what an audio book should be like. I have countless books in my library that I could not listen to due to overly smooth inflections or ridiculous over-enunciation. If I could get past the voice, the problems with the story are often too much for me. The Rosie Project combined an entertaining story with a light heart and excellent voicing. I will be searching a long time before I find another one of these.
Loved the narration (incredibly important to me). I felt empathy for Don and loved how he worked out his shortcomings. A lot of "normal" men I know could learn from him. Great story and I loved the ending; Harry and Sally, eat Don's dust!
Book-lover and outdoor adventurer, with a long commute & serious addiction to audio-books.
One of my favorites
The main character is so likeable and unique, and the book is, while bittersweet, ultimately uplifting without being sappy.
The narrator is perfect.
This is the kind of book I can safely recommend to anyone. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it.
This is a very charming book that gives insights into Aspergers. It is a page turner and wise in many ways--for all of us, whoever we are.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
The main character Don (a brilliant geneticist who works at the local university) has attributes similar to Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, his world is ruled by logic, rules, and routine; however since the death of his wife he is ready to find a new mate and decides to start "the wife project" to meet the perfect woman for him. Don ends up meeting a woman named Rosie who needs his help to find her biological father, and ends up challenging everything he knows about what he wants, needs, and who he is.
This book takes a little time to show it's true colors, due to the robotic qualities of the main character it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I found it funny and charming.
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