All you nerds out there who still haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying your first kiss because you have been too busy working on your research thesis or giant project, this book is for you.
A book that will commiserate with you, a book that will tell you that you’re not alone in the ‘Stunted at Love’ department, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion will give you feel good vibes about humanity and the hope that maybe, just maybe, you too could find your true love.
The plot of the book as seen on GoodReads:
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He 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, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and 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. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
What I liked about this book is its sheer ingenuity in terms of plot. I mean, a person with bad luck in his romantic stars seems imagineable. But someone with Asperger’s, trying to approach love in a systematic manner, preparing questionnaires and patiently going through each answer provided by the prospective ‘lover’ seems hilarious. In the era of reading through people’s bio on social networking sites to figure out who they actually are, this questionnaire format seems like a refreshing idea. After all, it’s easy to bluff about yourself in 150 characters.
Don’s character makes you feel for him, makes you empathise with his stupidity. You really end up rooting for him to be with Rosie, or be with anyone else. You wish for a happy ending for him. Moreover, his lack of social skills, at times relatable to readers, makes for some comic situations in the book as well.
Fun Fact: Bill Gates recommended this book in his list of ‘6 Books I’d Recommend’. so if I haven’t convinced you yet, I’m sure Bill Gates can.
I give this book a 4/5 stars, and recommend it to everyone looking for a fresh perspective to a romance novel.
Hola FabFollowers! This book review of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is the fourth post in my Valentine’s Day Book Review series. I aim to publish a review of a romance book that I’ve read and loved every day, till 14th of February. If you like today’s book review, do share it on your social media.