BOOK REVIEW: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (5 stars)

The-Rosie-ProjectVerdict: Full marks for this heartwarming, oddball romance.

The Rosie Project was recommended to me by a friend who doesn’t usually share my taste in books, but as I’m trying to expand my reading horizons, I gave it a shot. I was pleased to find myself immersed in a story about a socially awkward scientist who, in a last attempt to find a wife, approaches dating like… Well, a science experiment. Then he finds that love doesn’t quite work like that.

Professor Don Tillman is a man in a million. He’d probably tell me that statistic is wildly incorrect, but he’s awkwardly charming, forthright to the point of tactlessness, and misses glaring social cues like it’s going out of style. He runs his life like clockwork and, in a misguided attempt to find a life partner, designs a questionnaire to find a compatible woman, based on his very strict regime.

Rosie is impulsive and has daddy issues up the wazoo. She has no schedule (negative point 1), smokes (negative point 2), is vegetarian (negative point 3), but she’s fun and a breath of fresh air for Don who, due to a misunderstanding, begins dating her by accident.

Their relationship could have stopped soon after it started, due to this fundamental mismatch, but Don finds himself thrown together with Rosie on a professional level too, which makes him realise that love can’t be measured by tick boxes and logical rationale.

Together, they work on The Father Project, in the hope of locating Rosie’s biological father. It takes them on a wild and thoroughly unethical journey, half-way across the world, and the ‘will they/won’t they’ aspect of the story is interwoven neatly with the lives of everyone around them.

This review won’t do this book justice at all, so I’ll keep it short. It’s sweet, funny and touching; I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it. I’m not a typically romantic person and I caught myself swooning more than once at Don’s actions. I wanted to give him a great big hug (but he dislikes physical contact with strangers). He made me laugh a lot and – I confess – I did tear up a teeny tiny bit near the end, but I blame the fact I have a horrendous cold coming. *coughcough* See?

Highly recommended reading.

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