The Rosie Project - Book Review

The Rosie Project

Author - Graeme Simsion
Publisher - Simon & Schuster

After 6 years, I finally read "The Rosie Project". As they say, it is better late than never and I am glad that I read this witty and clever romantic comedy.

The protagonist, Don Tillman, is a 39 years old genetics professor who is very intelligent and smart. He has Asperger's Syndrome (having difficulties in social and non-verbal interactions) unbeknown to him. Being very strict to his meal plan, very punctual and strictly following his lifestyle depicts that he is the most disciplined character I've ever read.

On being told by his neighbour once that he would be a good husband to someone, Don designs a questionnaire to find his soulmate. It seems "sexist" in the forefront but eventually the story unfolds and reveals that it is just to find the compatible partner and with whom you can spend your life. He calls it "The Wife Project".

Rosie Jarman, a barmaid and a research student is sent to Don by his best friend and a womanizer, Gene. Don doesn't find Rosie suitable for his "wife" hunt but still likes to spend time with her.

He helps Rosie in finding her biological father by using his intelligence and knowledge to get the DNAs analyzed of the "qualifying" candidates. He calls it "The Father Project". "The Wife Project" gets side-tracked by "The Father Project" because all he wants is Rosie to be with him despite confessing it to Rosie that he feels love differently and being rejected by her. He realizes it later that he loves Rosie and how he makes it happen is an interesting read itself.

It was an interesting read overall with a quick shots of intelligence here and there. Smartly written by Graeme Simsion. I am definitely going to read more of this series.