Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Category: Adult Contemporary

Published: January 2013

Read: February 2017

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: This was a really cute and quick read and overall I thought a great book. It’s funny, with a love story that isn’t so lovely dovey or anything along those lines. The best way to describe it is to compare it to The Big Bang Theory television show. Quirky characters who are clueless but super smart.

It’s about Don Tillman, a genius but a awkward man with what they describe but never outright say, a form of autism. He’s socially awkward and blunt and doesn’t have a lot of friends. He decides that he needs a companion for life and makes a survey to start to weed out bad ones from good ones. There are questions like how often they drink. Than he meets Rosie who is the complete opposite of what he is looking for. He doesn’t like her at first but helps her by testing all these men to try to find out who her biological father is. During this time they get feelings for each other but what kinds of feelings are these anyway. Can someone like Don like someone like Rosie and vice versa. 

It’s a bit slow to start but it picks up and becomes a funny and moving story. Are they going to find out who Rosie’s father really is? Do they like each other or is this just a professional thing? Is Don ever going to change? The age-old question that women have been asking since the beginning of time. There were parts that made me laugh out loud and parts that just warmed your heart. You got invested in these characters and loved them or hated them.

The writing was well done and it’s clear that the author did his research on the subjects that Don knew about. The only downside is the slow beginning but it picks up as I said. I also loved the movie type ending. You could picture it in your head and loved every second of it. It’s not overly romantic so if you’re not in to those books that are oooey and gooeey or full on romance this may be the book for you. Plus if you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory you will also really enjoy this book.

There is a second book based on the same characters and I can’t wait to read it. If this author keeps pumping out books like this I can see him becoming a fan of mine for sure. I can also see this becoming a movie…not that I have heard it will be but it would make a good one.


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