Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

rosie projectMy mother-in-law has a knack for wording things just so. When my oldest was a toddler, she labeled him as a “rigid control freak.” As most toddlers are.

Protagonist and first person narrator Don fits this bill, as well. The book opens with him giving a lecture on Asperger’s. Just in the first few lines of text it’s obvious that Don marches to the beat of a different drummer, so as readers, we might assume that Don himself has Asperger’s. However, he doesn’t see things that way. He is just VERY regimented and socially awkward.

He decides he wants to find a wife, but instead of doing the normal dating thing like everybody else does, he devises a questionnaire. He’s a college professor so his approach is very academic. But then Rosie walks into his office. He thinks she’s someone who completed the questionnaire, so he asks her out. But she’s not – she’s someone who would have flat out failed the questionnaire. The fact that he falls in love with her anyway is the premise of this story.

The book is well written through the eyes of Don, who at first is very distressed about the havoc Rosie has created in his very scheduled life. But even the tone of the writing loosens up later in the novel as his emotions take over. It’s a very sweet love story, which I could easily see being the next blockbuster RomCom on the big screen.

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