Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

From Goodreads:
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.
Cute and quirky, but not much to report in terms of quality.  Simison does a fine job and I think the story and characters are fairly unique, although I found the beginning to be much more original than the ending.  Pretty standard chick lit fare.

Entertainment Value
It's a pleasant diversion.  If you're into chick lit or if you're into the Asperger's is cute and funny thing that seems so popular right now, you'll really enjoy it.  It's perfect for fans of The Big Bang Theory and maybe for those looking for something a bit more mature than the typical "single gal in her 20's who loves to shop searches for love in the big city" plot line that seems to make up much of chick lit.

If you love The Big Bang Theory, I feel like this is probably a must read.  It's also good as a light, easy read with romance and humor and will appeal to fans of chick lit, although maybe with a somewhat more adult (not in the sex way, in the maturity way) bent.


  1. I've had this book on my TBR list for quite a while. I think I was under the impression that it was a little meatier, so I think I might save it for a time when my brain needs a break.

  2. Hmmm the reviews have made me say go for it read it but then my favourite bloggers like you review and now i'm saying that is not a book for me. The hype was making me consider for sure.

  3. Hi, that a shame you weren't a big fan of the book. I really loved it - it was lovely, realistic and funny. Also Rosie and Don def were not characters you would have thought would get on. But as the story progressed it all changed...

    I also recently reviewed this book on my blog (anitasbookbag.co.uk ) if you would like to see what else I though :-)