Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project

Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

Comment: I got this book as a gift and it was already on my radar since the beginning of the year. I was really interested in seeing how things would develop with such quirky characters and how any HEA would be accomplished.

This is the story of Don Tillman and how the fact he's so smart and different makes him have the perfect idea to find a wife. He believes a questionnaire will be the better way to see through many possibilities who might be in a better position to be his wife. However, things don't go as smoothly as he estimated and knowing someone completely opposite of his wishes will make him re evaluate his aims and the process chosen until he realizes he left one factor out, love, which proves to be the most important of them all.

I had a great time reading this story. In fact, I read it quite fast because I really didn't want to put the story down. It's obvious the main character has a syndrome that turns him to someone with OCD and a need for routines and clear, precise happenings, thus his talent for science. But while he acts so differently, he feels the same as everyone else and love also finds him. I thought it was interesting to see how his personality adapted to what he was feeling. It was a fascinating dichotomy and something that in reality might not be as simple but for the plot's purposes, it was well done and offered a romantic side of things I really enjoyed reading.

I did feel curious about the main character's syndrome, despite it not being addressed in the story. I think his acts were a good showing off of what someone like him might go through, and how others can be judgmental about the unknown and what is different. In this aspect, the novel offered and interesting POV about it, even more so because the narrative is told by Don's perspective.

The story has several characters that play an important role. We are surrounded by all types of people and sometimes their personalities affect us too. Don might have his issues but he had a conscience about those closest to him. He cared and acted according to that. I think this is another good indication about our ideas of how someone different might be, we always think people with disabilities of some order don't feel the same as we do, but we couldn't be more wrong and in this novel we see a bit of that as well.

The romance was sweet. I smiled a lot though Don's trials about love, about falling in love without realizing it and how love found him in a way he didn't put into any statistic. As a reader seeing through Don's eyes it was obvious to us how certain things were changing but Don didn't see it like that as I suppose someone like him in real life might not, but in terms of fiction and romance, I was very happy with how things ended. It was sweet and cute even despite a little detail here and there I think could have been better explained.
Nevertheless, this romance is cute and Rosie is a wonderful character.

I do plan on reading ore about the author one day. This first book of 2015 was a success and that was great.
Grade: 8/10


  1. I really liked this book! Particularly Don's character. So glad you read it. :) I heard around the web that there is a second, linked, book coming out about Rosie and Don.

    1. Hi! Yes I've heard it too...I wonder if it's good, because this story was so balanced and ended so well I fear any more stirring! lol