Adventures in Books… The Rosie Project

The rosie project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

“’I’m not good at understanding what other people want.’

‘Tell me something I don’t know . . .’

Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?”

I was lucky for February having the same book for both bookclubs as I’ve really struggled to get into reading consistently so far this year. I don’t pick up a book for days then read a lot in one sitting. I need to look at this as it makes reading not so enjoyable. I want to pick up a book every day and read some.

I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I was expecting though. I thought I might hate it as I thought it might have made women out to be objects, but it wasn’t like that. It was funny and honest. It was also easy to read. I liked how aware, yet unaware of himself the main character was. It was funny that my friends and I came to bookclub and we all agreed he reminded us of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. I also noticed aspects of my own behaviours. We all have funny quirks or set ways of doing things and we don’t realise how they must seem to other people until we see them in other people.

I wasn’t sure if I liked Rosie though. It was probably because we only saw her through Don’ eyes and his perception of her was all the things he sees as flaws, so we the reader does as well. I did like how she was able to challenge Don though. His thoughts and behaviours were questions when he was around her and I thought it came across well in the book.

I was intrigued by The Wife Project and also the Father Project, but felt they both took a side-line as the story developed and I felt were rushed at the end.  Talking about it a while after I had finished I had to be reminded if we found out who Rosie’s dad was as it was rushed through and not made a big thing of. I think the end of the book was rushed as a whole. Suddenly it all ended and fast forwards a couple of years. It just felt a bit of a let-down ending.

I would recommend this book though as it made me laugh and it’s a quick read.

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