„The Rosie Project“ by Graeme Simsion
I’m not the right person for Don Tillman, that’s what my score of 65 in the questionnaire at the end of the book tells me. But it also says I’m „enough like him, that you’ll need to choose your partner with a certain amount of science.“ I can’t really argue with that, I am a little bit like Don Tillman. But I think we all are, at least a little bit, and that’s what makes this book so much fun to read.
„Don Tillman, professor of genetics, 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,… 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. „
Instead of the perfect partner, he finds Rosie. She would score even lower on Don’s questionnaire than I did, but then again, she is not really applying to be his wife. She is looking for her biological father, and is hoping Don can help her. Together they embark on „The Father Project“.
Rosie and Don are both fantastic main characters, and even though Don can be a little difficult (and his voice as a narrator took a lot of getting used to) before you know it, they both have a place in your heart. Don Tillman can be the Harry to my Sally any day.
I know, the Asperger’s-science-nerd thing seems overdone in books, movies and TV shows lately. But you should give The Rosie Project a try. The sidekicks Gene and Claudia, plus the whole Father Project gives it a new spin, and all the hoops Don inadvertently jumps through because of the project are hilarious.
And although feelings and logic usually don’t mix very well, it made me happy and sad at the same time, to see how Don was trying to make sense of it all. Of other people’s feelings as much as his own.
Whether he succeeded or failed you should find out yourself. Wife Project, Father Project, Rosie Project… all of them mixed together make for a great read, and I would highly recommend this book.
4 Stars, the narrating did take a bit of getting used to. But once you’re in, you’re in for good.