Don Tillman is a socially inept genetics professor who is on a quest to find a wife after one of his few friends suggests that he would make a wonderful husband. He creates a questionnaire with all of the most important questions he'd need to ask a potential wife, including whether she is generally on time, smokes, drinks, etc. But then he meets Rosie, who does not meet most of his requirements.
The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion is really the story of Don's transformation. Told in the first person from Don's point of view, the reader is drawn into his unique mind, the mind of a man with Asperger's ~ although he doesn't realize this. He does, however, know he is wired differently than others. He has a difficult time feeling emotions and being appropriate in social situations. But with the help of friends, and Rosie, he is working on that.
Don connects with Rosie through her desire to find her father. She doesn't have a good relationship with her stepfather and she wants to find her real father. Don, a genetics professor, is quickly pulled into the project of collecting DNA samples and testing them to find the answer. And the more time they spend together, the more Don learns to deal with social interactions and his emotions.
The Rosie Project isn't overly exciting or incredibly suspenseful, but it is a sweet story about characters that I grew to care about. Don is quirky, to put it mildly, and I enjoyed being in his mind for the duration of the story. There's been a lot of hype about this book, but if you put that aside, you will likely find that you enjoy the story and are hoping for the best for Don Tillman in the end.
My Rating: 4/5
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This review was written based on a copy of The Rosie Project that I purchased.