Friday, January 16, 2015
Review: The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Ugh. Ugh. I wanted this book to be a person so I could hug it. I actually wanted the book to be Don Tillman because the beautiful fool just need some things explained to him! I loved a lot about this book - but most importantly, I loved that Don is in the Autism spectrum, the very subject he's trying to lecture on at the beginning of the book. Samsion is a fantastic author in that he is able to write the book in Don's voice - as confusing, logical, painful and loving as it was. The reader falls for Don...it just takes us a Don-moment to realize that we have.
The book is about falling in love without knowing that you are. It's about learning to care about someone and choosing the confusing and mysterious road that love brings upon you.
Read it. Read it now. Go. Why are you still reading this??