The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
Every so often a book comes along and I cannot put it down, The Rosie Project can easily be described as such.
Don Tillman is a single thirty nine year old geneticist who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and is affectively married to his job and his strict lifestyle rules. The one thing he longs for is someone to share his life with – enter The Wife Project. Don sets about devising a scientific questionnaire for potential life partners to complete which he then assess to see if they are suitable. However once he meets a young student named Rosie, his life is altered in ways he never thought possible as she opens his eyes to chaos, unusual feelings and rule breaking. Has Don found a partner with the world’s most incompatible woman’?
From cocktail making to breaking university ethics The Rosie Project allows us to enter into Don and Rosie’s emotions and friendship. It really is a laugh a minute as the two characters who could not be more opposite teach each other valuable lessons about life.
An additional bonus of this particular edition was author Graeme Simsion’s explanation of how the character of Don came to life as well as a description of his writing processes – as a self-confessed book nerd I love discovering how novels come to fruition and the writer’s influences. I feel it adds a sense of authenticity to the plot. Not only was there a ‘Meet Graeme’ section but this edition included Don’s infamous questionnaire which obviously I filled out. Unfortunately the results concluded that myself and Don were a long way apart but on the plus side I was compatible with the majority of humanity – always a silver lining. There were also cocktail recipes included in the back of the book!
Underneath the humour and chaos Simsion has created a heart-warming book which leaves you questioning whether a relationship really can change your life and if opposites do attract. When I closed the book, I felt as though I knew the characters in real life – surely the mark of a talented writer.
This is the first time I have laughed out loud at a book in ages and once I had finished the final page I immediately wanted to read it again. Whether you are young or old, male or female The Rosie Project will put a smile on your face.