The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Oddly romantic and sublimely funny

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
HarperCollins | Paperback, 329 pages
Prof. Don Tillman’s life is measured in precise minutes, rigid schedule and obsessive organization. So when he decided to finally find himself a wife, he creates a foolproof questionnaire meant to find his one true life partner. With the help of his very married friend, Gene, a philandering womanizer intent on sleeping with women from all over the world, he sets out to find the perfect wife.

When Rosie enters the picture, Don knew she didn’t quite fit any or all of the criteria. This, however, didn’t stop Don from saying yes to Rosie’s quest to help her find her biological father. In fact, the more time they spend together, the more he realizes the folly of his research.

Don Tillman was a character that will warm your insides. Among other things, readers will get an insight to how someone with an undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome live. His obsessive-compulsive tendencies was adorable to say the least. Don’s mind doesn’t work like everyone’s. His actions are dictated by his brain without the influence of emotions. And on the same token, his emotions are dictated by scientific deductions. Things can be explained in black and white but when he fell in love, he sees the world in different prisms.

The geneticist has a way of simplifying life’s otherwise puzzling conundrums. If we all live the way he thinks, I imagine our lives would be infinitely better.  Simsion’s light and effective way of showing his readers exactly how someone like Don acts, reacts and interacts with the people around him was an education in itself. He created a character with a brilliant mind and whose response to embarrassment is to further highlight what it was that made him a target to begin with. He’s like a sponge; able to suck up any information and teach himself anything he sets his mind into.

The search for Rosie’s biological father was just as entertaining as are the other characters that you will meet in this book. Simsion flawlessly wrote an endearing book featuring an unforgettable character in Don Tillman. Though this is a work of fiction, and perhaps it would not sit well with some of those affected by Asperger’s, I applaud the author’s take on the disorder. It’s not that he’s made light of it, he’s just given us (those not familiar with it) a perspective on the syndrome.

If it’s tender romance you’re after, you might just fall in love with Rosie and Don.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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