The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This is one of those rare moments in which I really have nothing bad to say about a book. That’s right – I loved The Rosie Project, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Don Tillman is on the hunt for a wife. At the age of 40, Ton has a successful career as a genetic professor at an esteemed university in Australia, but he is severely lacking in social graces. He systematically creates a survey to distribute to potential wife candidates. In spite of these efforts, he ends up randomly meeting Rosie. Rosie is the exact opposite of everything that Don has outlined on his survey: she smokes, she works as a bartender, she drinks, and she is not on time. Nevertheless, he can’t help but enjoy the time he spends with her, ultimately forcing him to reconsider what he really wants out of life.

I know, I know, I know. It sounds ridiculously sappy when reduced to a brief synopsis. It is a little sappy, but it’s also hilarious. Don is probably suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes his narration of day-to-day life both endearing and entertaining. He struggles to read human expressions and often falls short of social protocols. Rosie allows him to loosen his strict schedule and participate in activities that he would have never previously considered.

Anyone that is even somewhat introverted would appreciate the nuances of The Rosie Project. Obviously, Don represents the extreme end, but many of his behaviors are not that difficult to relate to – or maybe that’s just me, ha. Regardless, this an extremely enjoyable and quick read, with a little sap thrown in for good measure.

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