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The Rosie Project

[a Novel]

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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 1476729085
9781476729084
1476729093
9781476729091
Branch Call Number: FICTION SIMSION 2013
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,22 cm

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Join the discussion on Dec. 8, 2014. Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. Rosie Jarman is quickly disqualified as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”), but adventures await w... Read More »

Join the discussion on Dec. 16, 2014. Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. Rosie Jarman is quickly disqualified as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”), but adventures await ... Read More »

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... Read More »

Don Tillman, whose idiosyncrasies and literalness have left him to a lonely life, devises a research project to help him find the "perfect wife."

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. 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.


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Nov 10, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful, warm-hearted story of what love means. Accepting differences, loving people for who they are rather than who you might like them to be, and being charming in a social setting can all be learned from Don's example. He may be wired differently, but he knows how to use his intelligence and personal experiences to resolve problems. Rosie is sweet, too :).

This novel takes us into the mind of a high-functioning autistic scientist, Don, who shows us how a rewired brain expresses the humanity inherent in all of us. Differences on the surface can’t detract from the need for love and social acceptance deep within all our hearts.

We see how Don recognizes his social short-comings and works to compensate for them. And we see how one person’s love and acceptance (Rosie) allows him to blossom. Rosie takes the time to understand Don’s psyche and teaches him how to expand his world to let her inside. Opposites do indeed attract. To enrich our life experiences it is often better to bond with someone who fills in our gaps rather than accentuates them.

A heart-warming story spiced with humor, this novel gives hope to all those looking for the perfect match.

Not until I read the back jacket did I realize that the book was originally written as a screenplay and, that's how it reads: light and quick. It would make a sweet and comedic love film.

Super read! Light, yet intelligent novel. It took me a little while to get into it but once there I was hooked. Despite of the characters' individual human foibles, one liked each and every one of them. Perfect bedtime reading for a relaxed sleep :)

Sep 05, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reading out of my usual fare and I believe I have emerged unscathed. It's a well known and well loved formula but the details here, namely our protagonist's eccentricities, made it an enjoyable bit of lighter reading. There are times that Don's believability seems a bit strained but Rosie shines as a perfect example as people falling for their opposites. The mystery of who is Rosie's father, which is how it starts for them as Don is a geneticist who decides to help her out in finding out who that is, doesn't even really matter as the story goes on. The hijinks in getting hold of DNA samples is but other than that you really just want to see these two together and are really just shouting it at them. Or maybe that was just me?

All in all, great light read and is sure to snap you out of any reading slump or at the very least give you something different.

Reviewed by Beth Hatch, Virtual Services Manager at Cleveland Public Library

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics. He derives to find the perfect mate using a questionnaire and detailed analysis known as "The Wife Project." He meets Rosie, a woman looking for her biological father, who is quite possibly the antithesis of his ideal mate. The adventure and that unfolds as he helps Rosie find her biological father becomes more than he bargained for, in more ways than one.

This is one of my favorite books. I love the unconventional love story, told from the perspective of someone who has Ausperger's. It reminded me of the movie As Good As It Gets. The characters were engaging and unique, and I loved every minute. Wonderful audiobook!

A delightful book, warm, humorous and engaging. I picked up as something to read while on a long bus ride. I usually pick something that will pass the time and not necessarily need to finish. Rosie's Project instantly pulled me in and when I arrived home I instantly sat down to finish it. I can't wait for the sequel.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A comical insight into the world of intellectual and social differentness that makes you challenge your own definition of normal while laughing non stop! I couldn't put it down - it was a cover-to-cover read and I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a break from reality. It works on multiple levels - once the initial dose of humor subsides you can reflect on the social comments that were not-so-subtly included in the book."

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Don is a charming and socially challenged genetics professor on a mission to find true love and marriage. He devises a questionnaire and sets out testing it out on women, soon realizing that love isn't always what looks good on paper!"

A very good book! Always interesting when there are quirky characters. Highly recommended and a good, light read.

Aug 24, 2014
  • Ailiene rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and entertaining book to read. As said by another reader very much like Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.

Aug 21, 2014
  • gramercygal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr Simsion created quite an unusual character in Don Tillman. Reading it I was captivated by Don's language and outlook on the world.

He want to get married and creates a questionnaire for women to respond to, so he can judge if they are suitable or not. Needless to say he is socially and emotionally challenged.

Then Rosie comes into his life and turns it upside down! Which in his case ... is a good thing.

Rosie believes her mother had an affair and became impregnated with someone other than her father.

This is when the story gets very interesting. I don't want to spoil it for you ... go read it yourself!

Apparently there will be a movie made! I can't wait to see it (and who they cast as Don!)

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Jul 16, 2014
  • salsaladybug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

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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