Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Book Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is, in short, the story of Don Tillman, a socially challenged genetics professor on a quest to find true love.

With the help of his only two friends, Don begins The Wife Project - the main focus of which is a very detailed questionnaire that he has created in order to find a compatible woman for him to hopefully become his lifelong partner. After numerous dating failures and the fact that he has never been on a second date, The Wife Project seemed like the perfect idea for Don, who thinks it will stop him from wasting time on incompatible people - as, in his opinion, only the person who answers his questionnaire correctly is the one for him. This stops him from wasting his energies on people like Rosie, who is a smoker, always late, a vegetarian - all of those issues that The Wife Project is designed to weed out.

However, Rosie ends up having a specialised project of her own that she needs help with that Don is more than able to assist in - and so, The Rosie Project becomes the story of the developing dynamics and relationship between the pair as they attempt to complete her quest - to find out who her real father is.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It is entertaining, light hearted, and the character of Don is very endearing and charming. I enjoyed seeing the world through Don's eyes, constantly causing me to think about things in a different way, and I enjoyed the adventures that he ended up getting into and how he thought about them - portrayed in a way that is always different from the norm, yet perfectly logical when you think about it. Don's character is strong throughout, and for the most part so are the other characters - however towards the end I felt that Rosie's actions became very unrealistic and seemed rushed for the sake of finishing the story. I understand that the book has to come to a conclusion, but there are much better ways of going about it!

I've seen this book compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and I wouldn't really agree with this comparison - while they both are told by characters with Aspergers, I personally found The Rosie Project significantly more enjoyable. I found The Curious Incident quite irritating throughout as to me a lot of it just seemed forced in order to make some sort of point, but The Rosie Project felt much more real to me, and the characters and messages it contained were much more interesting and entertaining.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy and heartwarming tory that's a little out of the ordinary. I've had a hectic month but I found I always had time to pick up this book and read a couple of chapters despite how absolutely exhausted I've been lately, so it's also a good one if you don't have that much time to dedicate to a book!

You can order The Rosie Project through amazon, here.

Right now I'm reading The Shock of the Fall - feel free to join me on GoodReads!

Have you read The Rosie Project? What did you think?


  1. I had ordered this book, started it, but just couldn't finish it at that time. Reading your review makes me want to pick it up and try again. Stopping by from SITS!

  2. I've heard a lot about this book, so I'll probably be trying it out soon! xx

  3. This is definitely on my to read list I think! Looks really good! x

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  5. I've been looking at this book and thought about giving it a chance! After reading your review I think I might have to go for it :)


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