Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Rosie Project--Review

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion

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.

I wolfed this book down in a day or two because it was really good.

This is the story of Don Tillman, a professor of Genetics, who is suffering from Asperger's Syndrome. This prompted him to create the Wife Project, a series of questions and regulations that would help him find his match when it comes to the game of love. 

Unfortunately, it seems that almost every girl who he puts under the program cannot seem to attain the kind of "wife material" that he needs--and then enter Rosie. Cactus-haired, crazy, woman of the world Rosie who would change his life forever. What started out as the Wife Project turned out to be the Father Project in order to help Rosie find the father whom she has never known.

This book was very witty, charming and will not bore you at all. And you know what? It has so much heart. It actually reminded me of the movie "Adam", because they both deal with Asperger's. However, this one is in a First Person POV so you'd really get to feel what the author wants you to feel, and help you understand what you need to know about the said disorder in a way that you won't get heartbroken just like that, but you'll know that reading things like this are fun, too.

There are so many lessons that you can pick up from this. Lessons about life, love, friendship and about accepting one's self and accepting others because we are all unique individuals. 

If you're looking for a great read this Christmas, then do check this book out. It's substantial, it's not overtly deep that you'll get bored, and it has something with a heart.


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