by Graeme Simsion
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Description: 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 Good Stuff
- One of the most delightfully sweet, funny and unique stories I have read this year
- Don's relationship with Daphne was sweet (would actually liked to have more on this)
- The scene where Don address' the Asperger's kids was positively brilliant
- Just one of those screwball kinda comedies that you could totally see made into a movie (no surprise it was originally conceived as a screenplay)
- Every single character is a pure delight
- Rosie is perfect, a total screwball but with strength and compassion
- Made me laugh my ass off on so many occasions, and on a few occasions cry a little
- Fast paced
- Makes you feel like that there is somebody for everybody, no matter how weird or different you are
- Love that Rosie thinks Gregory Peck was the sexiest man ever
The Not so Good Stuff
- No complaints
"Apparently he had been an oncologist but had not detected the cancer in himself, a not-uncommon scenario. Humans often fail to see what is close to hem and obvious to others."
"You know what I like about New York?" he said. "There are so many weird people that nobody takes any notice. We all just fit right in."
"Jesus addresses the angry mob who are stoning a prostitute: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." A stone flies through the air and hits the woman. Jesus turns around and says, "Sometimes you really piss me off, mother."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Fans of The Big Bang Theory are going to eat this one up
- The perfect summer read
- If you are looking for something light and fun, this is exactly what you are looking for
I received a copy of this at the Simon and Schuster (Published in the US by Simon and Schuster) party at Book Expo America 2013