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{April 30, 2014}   The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

rosiePlot: Don may be wired differently than other people – more methodical, organized, efficient and analytical, less empathic and flexible – but he doesn’t want to spend his life alone. He creates a survey meant to weed out the most inappropriate wife prospects and find his perfect match. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he thinks he doesn’t want, and she turns his life upside down.

This book is very well reviewed and I was very curious about it… but also worried that it would be the Big Bang Theory all over again. I was afraid that this romantic comedy would be laughing at nerdy, different people instead of with them. I, fortunately, had nothing to worry about. Simsion eschews stereotype and draws the portrait of two (and more) very different and very complex people. Don is considered odd, yes, and shares some traits with those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome but he is also thoughtful and interesting. Simsion goes into Don’s head and shows us his thought processes from the inside so that while some people might still find them alien, and at times they are funny, they make sense. I found myself agreeing with Don on many occasions and I couldn’t help but be reminded of a Don-like character in my own life. 🙂 Rosie meanwhile could have been the ditzy barmaid Don first mistakes her for but she is developed layer by layer – PhD student, feminist, on a quest to find her real father – into a full and rich character in her own right.

The novel follows two main story lines: The Wife Project, Don’s search for a life partner; and The Father Project, Don and Rosie’s search for her biological father. Both projects encounter tragic and hilarious obstacles and create terrible misunderstandings. Both ultimately bring the two closer together and encourage Don to try things he would have never considered. I found myself really reacting to the book: laughing, gasping, hurting for Don and sharing great passages with anyone near me. That for me is a a great book, one that draws you in and affects you.

This is an opposites attract kind of love story but an interesting, quirky one that gives a lot of thought to the ways in which people think and relate to each other. You don’t need to be a romantic to enjoy it.

2014 (#14)


I will try to pick up this book for S. Seems like a good read. 🙂

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