The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

eBook - 2013
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A classic screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him. A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea. He will design a questionnaire - a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire - to uncover the perfect partner.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781443422680
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Librarian_Deb May 22, 2017

Don is a quirky guy. He knows he doesn't fit in with everyone else but he finds that his logical way of thinking creates efficiency in his life and he enjoys his routine. He does find interpersonal relationships challenging but he counts himself lucky to have a few friends - like his colleague Gene. With Gene's encouragement, Don begins a quest for love - or in his terms for a "life partner". He thus designs a questionnaire for prospective candidates and so the "wife project" is born. Don has a hard time finding females who match all his specifications, but it is when he meets a graduate student sent over to his office by Gene that things really start to get interesting. Rosie seems totally unsuitable as a wife project candidate - she smokes, rarely exercises and is highly unorganized. And yet as Don gets to know her he finds himself drawn to her strong personality and intrigued by her quest to find out who her biological father is.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Don is such a unique character. Even though he is highly logical, his observations are often very witty. He also tends to find himself misunderstanding the social cues of others--which often leads to unusual and comedic episodes that make this book highly entertaining. Since the reader is in Don's mind his actions seem perfectly logical, but it is also easy to see how the average person misunderstands his intent or tendency to take things literally (such as when he attempts to wear his expensive biking jacket to a formal restaurant. Yes, he did read the dress code they had posted, which said jackets were required for men, what's the problem?). And for anyone who likes a bit of romance, it's intriguing to see how the relationship between Don and Rosie develops and of course you are rooting for them to make it despite the many obstacles. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy unique characters and seeing the world from a different perspective.

May 08, 2017

looking forward to reading this book

Mar 30, 2017

This book qualifies as an entertaining light summer read and I giggled my way through the exceedingly compulsive perspective of the main character, who likely has Asperger’s but doesn’t realize it, as he searches for a wife.

Jan411 Mar 08, 2017

Very fun. If you like it, try Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend

DBRL_KrisA Feb 27, 2017

Definitely mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, for what it is - a romantic comedy about a man with (undiagnosed) Asperger Syndrome and his project to find the perfect mate - it's very well written. It's fun, at times funny, and romantic in places.
On the other hand, it often feels like Don's autism is used solely as a vehicle for comedy. And, while I'm not an expert in the subject, I question some of the information shared. Don feels the need to follow a strict routine; any deviation from the schedule causes him extreme discomfort (typical among those with autism). But the author implies that, with just a little effort, schedules and routines can be broken without any lasting repercussions. From my (limited) knowledge of Asperger's, I doubt that's the case.
It seems that Simsion had an opportunity here to tell a funny, engaging story, while at the same time giving factual information about autism; it appears (at least to me) that he didn't manage to do that.

mygirls Feb 19, 2017

Laughed lots, great story reminds me of an Aussie version of Sheldon Cooper

Dec 12, 2016

Great book to listen to when you need to relax or convalesce. Entertaining. Best without the critical thinking cap, though.

Dec 05, 2016

Laugh-out-loud funny! I was rooting Don on while at the same time shaking my head at his antics. Definitely a feel-good read.

Nov 29, 2016

a great read!

DBRL_KatSU Nov 18, 2016

This book promised a lot, and it completely delivered! I picked this title because I needed a little pick-me-up, and a story about an overly logical geneticist who determines that he would like to solve The Wife Problem (he would make a good husband, but has little interest in dating), so proceeds in creating a 16-page questionnaire for potential ladies seemed to fit the bill. I had a laugh-out-loud, stop-everything-I-need-to-read-this-out-loud-to-you moment in the first 10 pages. Don Tillman is a wonderfully fleshed out character, and I adored reading his quite logical reasoning for his everyday decisions, especially his Standardized Meal System. In the style of a 90’s RomCom, Rosie is Don’s perfect opposite, and their blooming relationship was such an uplifting story. Like many readers, I love Don, and I’m super excited to read more of his and Rosie’s story in “The Rosie Effect.”

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Jul 16, 2014

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

siammarino Dec 31, 2013

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.


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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem."

Jun 03, 2015

"…it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept but to find someone who might accept me."

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