Title: The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
Author: Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: October 1st 2013
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
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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.
Don Tillman is a 39 years-old man, he´s an university professor and has PhD in genetics, is extremely intelligent, socially awkward, has a structured life where his daily activities are scheduled, he´s an efficient person and his thinking is very logical. And one day Don decides to marry because there are statistics that married men live longer, so he decides to carry out The Wife Project, which he makes a questionnaire which specifies all the qualities he expects on his wife and for this he enlists the help of his boss and best friend Gene and his wife Claudia, which guide him on his project. And once all is sort out in The Wife Project, Don has some very funny dates, besides posting on several dating sites. And it´s during this time that Don meets Rosie, a 30-year-old woman, she doesn´t fit into what he expects of a wife, but Don decides to help her to search for her biological father, which makes the two starting to spend some time together and having some very entertaining and humorous situations as they try to discover whom is Rosie´s biological father.
The story is told from the point of view of Don. I loved his character! He´s funny, and his whole life consists of projects because he likes to plan everything, he's very practical, accurate and literal person, but I was sad that he´s used to people laughing at him. I could not help comparing him with Sheldon Copper from the TV show - The Big Bang Theory.
The Rosie Project is an amazing book that you cannot miss it!, it's hilarious, witty, poignant, romantic (in a very peculiar way) and with very interesting twits on the plot. I highly recommend it. I LOVED IT !!