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The Rosie Project

Simsion, Graeme C. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rosie Project


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Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Authors: Simsion, Graeme C.
Title: The Rosie project
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Subtitle from dust jacket
"A novel" --Jacket
Summary: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
ISBN: 9781476729091
1476729093
9781476729084
1476729085
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Report This Apr 08, 2014
  • Angeleyes8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was on a list I looked at and it sounded like it would be good. It was totally different than what I expected it and you really have to follow it but it turned out good.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem." Such an opening sentence carries enormous potential: are we about to read a murder mystery? An adulterous romance novel? A relationship self-help book? As it turns out, "The Rosie Project" classifies more as an endearing romantic comedy featuring a socially inept but somehow charming narrator. Thirty-nine year old genetics professor Don Tillman has never experienced a second date and boasts a total of two friends: his colleague, Gene, and Gene's wife, Claudia who together have an open relationship that allows Gene to pursue his ambition of sleeping with a woman from every country in the world. Gene and Claudia try to help Don find love based on the "traditional dating paradigm" but, after a string of failures, Don takes matters into his own hands and hatches The Wife Project. Don designs a detailed questionnaire to filter out unpromising candidates (the tardy, the overweight, the vegetarians, the drinkers and the smokers) but then meets Rosie, who fails on almost every score. Although on paper a romantic relationship with the drinking, smoking French nymphomaniac seems unlikely, Rosie enlists Don's genetic expertise to help find her natural father (The Father Project), throwing the pair into an entertaining series of comic set pieces and occasionally life-threatening situations. Graeme Simsion's warm-hearted, well-pitched novel only suffers from predictability and occasional cheesiness. With lightly worn but profound themes, this enjoyable read teaches us both to see the humour in our own incomprehensible behaviour and and embrace the differently abled.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • mntsnowrider rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This a wonderful and hilarious story about an awkward scientist trying to find love. You'll go on this crazy journey with Don. You really feel for him when he repeatedly strikes out. The book reminds you how people can be so mean to others that are a little different. But you also cheer for him when he bounces back in his own way (dance moves and all). It's a great read!

Quirky characters make for a unique love story. It started me on a romance reading kick.

Report This Mar 31, 2014
  • Elizabeth1441 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interestingly, this book was first written as a screenplay before Simsion morphed it into a novel. I fell in love with Tillman before Rosie did, but as the narrative waned, I did begin to feel a sense of it being a little contrived (as, I suppose, most 'screwball comedies' may claim to be). It will be interesting to see how quickly this becomes a movie, because it does feel like this was Simsion's intent even as the novel unfolded. It's a 4-star read for its entertainment value - a welcome alternative if you've just read something weightier and need to be reassured that love wins!

Report This Mar 28, 2014
  • dcp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon, you will like Don....

Report This Mar 20, 2014
  • HPL_Westdale_Staff rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book to enjoy if you love romance!

Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • johnnycat9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quirky, formulaic, romantic comedy done perfectly. F**king hilarious. I loved this book.

Report This Mar 08, 2014
  • jfd5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

thoroughly enjoyed this book...was funny and endearing. If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory's character Sheldon, you are in for a treat. Was a nice light read

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's been a long time since I've read anything this charming and fun. I loved that Don, the narrator, saw the world in a different way, and that he was fine with how he was. It was extremely entertaining to see his rigid personality mesh and at times clash with the "normal" world, and to watch how he reacted when confronted with someone unpredictable.

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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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Report This Jan 10, 2014
  • JCLRachelN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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