An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
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.
I really enjoyed this book a lot mainly because I absolutely loved Don Tillman. Don is incredibly smart but has trouble socially. Simsion does such a great job of bringing Don's character to life with so much detail from how he thinks, to the way he dresses, and the schedule that he maintains in his life with such rigidity. It was great watching Rosie enter his life and shake all of that rigidity up!
Don and Rosie go on the search for Rosie's real father by getting DNA from a fairly large number of men. The situations they get themselves in while trying to get all of the samples are at times quite hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times.
What I liked most about the book was the development in Don's character, as he worked so hard at being able to feel comfortable around other people while still being the Don I grew to love. The whole book is smart and funny and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book that is a little different with a wonderful main character and some very funny scenes. I know I found myself smiling while reading this book from beginning to end.
I am a stay at home mom of three kids who loves to read. I have always been a reader, but I have been reading even more recently and have found some amazing books. My favorite genres are historical fiction and classics. I also try to read lots of other types of books, but I always come back to my favorites.