Friday, June 3, 2016
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
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.
Image and summary from Goodreads.com.
Review: Within the first minute (page??? I listened to the audiobook) I knew I would love this book. And I did. An instant favorite for me. I told everyone I knew (who doesn’t mind a little strong language) to read it ASAP.
Professor Don Tillman is socially awkward and he knows it. Though he’s at peace with his singleness, a friend surprises him by saying he would make a wonderful husband and Don figures, statistically speaking, there must be a woman out there who would be an ideal match for him and decides to find her the only way he knows how—through the scientific method.
With a survey created to weed out unacceptable candidates, Don begins his journey. His best friend Gene—who helps Don with his data collection—decides to throw Don a curveball and sends him on a date with Rosie. Rosie is all wrong for Don. She smokes. She dances. She’s a vegetarian. She’s spontaneous and outrageous. And though she is completely the opposite of everything Don is seeking, after their first date together, he can’t deny that he had a good time and that he wants to see her again.
Since Rosie is out of consideration for the Wife Project, Don offers to help her find her biological father—The Father Project—thus enabling him to spend time with Rosie without the social pressures of dating. As the The Father Project concludes and Don turns his attention back to The Wife Project, will his heart defy his logical mind and bring him back to Rosie?
I’ve never experienced a POV character quite like Don Tillman before. Reading (and writing) is all about emotion, right? How exactly will it work to have a first-person narrator who is completely unemotional? It’s simply brilliant. It’s a perfect example of the untrustworthy narrator. While Don is nothing but logical and works very hard to understand the linguistic acrobatics of metaphors and humor, the reader can easily find humor in between the lines and heart on every page.
My review: 5 stars
For the sensitive reader: There is a fair amount of swearing, including about two dozen uses of the F word.