Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThe Rosie Project: What it is about

From the publishers: “Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who’s decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who’s unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn’t really do flexible so, despite lots of takers, he’s not having much success in identifying The One.

When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it’s to apply for the Wife Project – and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn’t eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don’s assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.

Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…

The Rosie Project: What I thought

Don Tillman really wants a wife, and the best way to get one is to target his dating on women that qualify as possible wives. His questionnaire rules out many women, if not all. He meets Rosie through a friend of his, and she certainly doesn’t qualify. He helps her find out who her father is and enjoys her company. If only she were wife material!

I loved reading this book. It was obvious, very obvious, which way this story was going, but chances were that Don had missed the window of opportunity with Rosie. I liked it that there was a second story line, in some ways totally unrelated to the wife-finding quest, in which Rosie was looking for her father. Or really, Don is is the one pursuing this goal, because he so much enjoys being in Rosie’s company.

At the end of the book, it’s Don rather than Rosie who makes concessions, but is it too late? And who IS Rosie’s real father? I had problems understanding who her father was, it wasn’t made very clear. In my book group we discussed this and some others also weren’t sure who it was. One or two people also had issues with the last chapter, when everything went really fast and maybe a little unbelievable. But most of the story was good fun.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (good to very good)

Number of pages: 288

First published: 2013

I got this: bought it in my local book store

Genre: contemporary fiction

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22 Responses to Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

  1. Thanks for the review of this… I keep seeing this title pop up.

  2. harvee says:

    This is a book I’ve had my eye on. Glad to read your review!

    Book Dilettante

  3. I liked this but not as much as most readers…maybe it was just that “listening” to the audio voices “grated” on my nerves a bit.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Diane, pity the audio wasn’t so good for you. Who knows, maybe it was the voice, or maybe it just wasn’t your kind of book. Hope you’re reading something really nice now.

  4. curlygeek04 says:

    I’ve been thinking about reading this. Glad to hear you liked it so much!

  5. Leslie says:

    I didn’t catch the real father at first either, but when I went back and listened again I figured it out. I enjoyed it though – a fun story and a nice break from some of the more serious stuff I’ve been reading. I recommended it for book club and we’re reading it for March. I hope they like it!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Leslie, I hope so too! We liked it in my book club but actually didn’t get round to discuss it in depth. That’s the problem when you have a book club with friends: too much to talk about.

  6. I am in the middle of reading it, so far so good, but I expected it to be even more interesting than I thought…

  7. I loved this book too! It is so nice to find a book that makes me laugh whilst also having an accurate portrayal of Asperger’s. Glad you enjoyed it too!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Good to hear it’s quite accurate, Jackie. One remedial teacher in our book group thought it was nonsense that a person with Aspergers would think they are not capable of love.

  8. Marie says:

    Nice review, Judith. I really enjoyed this book, too. I agree about the ending, not as clear and concise as it could have been. Perhaps the author was trying to be clever. Anyway, I had to go back and reread a few sections to figure it out. Overall, though, it was a fun book.

  9. roxxy84 says:

    I loved this book! I wrote a short review for my blog as well which will come online soon 🙂 It was nice to read what you thought!

  10. Isi says:

    Sounds weird but interesting (weird because of the way the main character is trying to find a wife, hehehe.
    I see in the comments that lots of people have like it!

  11. Just a quick note to let you know I’m reading this now after seeing so many great reviews! I will let you know my thoughts :)… listening to the audiobook while dog walking.

    Happy New Year

  12. Lucy B says:

    Spot on with the review!! I loved this book. Thanks for sharing.

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