Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Excerpt

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.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

The Rosie Project is a quirky and hilarious story told completely from the POV of a socially inept professor who was on his quest to find his life partner. 

From the first sentence itself, this book captured my interest. 

I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.

Don Tillman, 39, a genetic professor who, although was not determined, might just be the classic example of someone suffering from Asperger Syndrome or in layman generalization, an idiot savant. He had a strict schedule down to every minute, cook the same meal every week and not tolerable to rules breaking. He is socially inept and committed too many faux pas in his life for him to care. He is an extremely fast learner with incredible memory skills. The things he could learn in just a few days left me feeling speechless.

He only has two friends, Gene, his fellow colleague who was a total womanizer and claimed that he and his wife, Claudia agree for an open marriage relationship. Gene might be a bad influence, but both he and Claudia are Don's best friends who truly care for him. I love the way Claudia gave him sound advice and mothered him. 

After making some sound consideration taking into account all the cost and risk, Don decided to come up with 'The Wife Project'. Due to his previous failure in dating, he designed a questionnaire to find himself the perfect mate.

"I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination. I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds."

While working on his Wife Project, he met Rosie, a barmaid who was on her quest to look for her biological father. Rosie had all the wrong attributes to be his life partner. She's totally opposite from what he look for because obviously Don was looking for his own clone. 

"Someone told me you can tell if a person's monogamous by the size of their testicles."

However, something about Rosie make Don felt compelled to help her in the mission and before long he was so invested in it that he couldn't back out even after she had given up hope. I love their time together and the mayhem they created in the quest of illegally obtaining DNA sample from their potential suspects. Don was having the time of his life feeling rebellious and forgoing his routine schedule.

Another world, another life, proximate but inaccessible. The elusive... Sat-is-fac-tion.

Will Don finally realize that he has fall in love with a girl that was totally wrong for him? And can Rosie able to embrace his quirkiness and uniqueness for being who he is?

I thought this is one really sweet and funny romance in a chicklit kind of way without any steam with only minor reference to sex. On the surface, this book might came off as a comedy read, but there was a lot of depth in the story. I think Don and we all learn something valuable from his relentless pursue for happiness. 

"If you really love someone, you have to be prepared to accept them as they are."

Rating 5/5

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