The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Large Print - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, c2013
Edition: Center Point large print edition
ISBN: 9781611739275
1611739276
Branch Call Number: LT SIM
Characteristics: 357 p. (large print) ;,22 cm

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PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Leah: This is a wonderful journey to Melbourne Australia where the quirky and lovable protagonist explores his own journey into love!

Quirky and cute! Recommended by Sylvia.

Can you apply the scientific method to find a partner? Don, a socially-awkward genetics professor, is certainly going to try. But the results may not be what he was expecting.


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heikemueller
Jun 14, 2018

such a good read, as well as part 2 "the Rosie effect"

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jodypatey
May 07, 2018

Great book. Super easy read. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. :)

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cindiet
May 02, 2018

From Diane

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karinako
Mar 07, 2018

Amazing book filled with humor that is a must read!

Library_Jill Feb 28, 2018

This sweet, romantic comedy was described to me as "Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory' if he decided to look for a wife." This is not inaccurate, but as I read, I never really envisioned Don as Sheldon--he was too much his own, unique personality to me. This is a nice, lighthearted read with good explorations of love and accepting people for who they are.

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unicorn1
Feb 20, 2018

Anyone who enjoyed this book would probably also enjoy Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor is another quirky, funny and endearing character. Highly recommended by me!

lt_bibliosara Feb 01, 2018

I'm in love. I can't wait to read The Rosie Effect.

This book has a wide appeal, and is far more than a simple rom-com in book form. The Rosie Project should be a modern classic, and definitely needs a movie adaptation (I'm thinking Benedict Cumberbatch would be great as Don...?)

In The Rosie Project, we are introduced to Don Tillman, an Australian genetics professor and researcher who, it is obviously implied early on, appears to have Asperger's (although he never realizes this himself). Don is incredibly self-aware and awkwardly charming. At 39, he decides he is ready to get married, and designs "The Wife Project" (he likes identifying things in this manner.. ie, "The Jacket Incident", "The Father Project"), a meticulous, 16-page (double sided) questionnaire designed to identify the perfect woman for him.

This, obviously, has some inherent flaws. Don's somewhat bumbling attempts at meeting women will make you laugh, cringe, and ultimately sympathize with him. Haven't we all been incredibly awkward trying to attract someone's attention, at some point? Don is also a really good person with flaws that we can all be familiar with.

Don's plans are interrupted with the arrival of Rosie, a woman who seems to fail almost every question on his form-but is the woman he just can't seem to get out of his mind. Rosie needs his help to find her real father. Through a series of events and emotions, Don realizes just what he is missing in life- and it may not be what he thought it was.

The Rosie Project is about society's perception of mental illness, and how it affects those with mental illness. It is about finding yourself, and finding out that the love of your life will only come along once you fall in love with your life. It is about kindness, compassion, and being the amazingly quirky creature you were meant to be.

happyreader64 Dec 30, 2017

When I first started reading this book, I was immediately frustrated with the main character.
But the writing is good, so I kept reading. I’m glad I did because the character began to evolve into someone much deeper.
He was very different and I felt myself being judgmental.
By the end of the book, my perspective on the main character had shifted so much that I’ll be more conscientious of others’ behavioral quirks.

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JBFARRELL
Dec 18, 2017

I enjoyed this book immensely. The story of a socially inept scientist from Melbourne who displays many of the symptoms of Aspergers (although aware of his symptoms he is sure he isn't a sufferer) and his project to find a wife, starting with a list of all the desirable requirements she must have. Unsurprisingly, his final candidate has none of the qualities on his list and is the absolute opposite of our hero.

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Ghettostone
Dec 04, 2017

The Rosie Project is a witty story about how true romance works! An entertaining romp inside the mind of a physics genius who suffers from asbergers syndrome who wishes to use technology to find the perfect match for marriage and the poor women who are disqualified during dinner dates for the slightest of reasons makes for a multitude of laughs! The Marriage Survey is a hit on the internet and goes viral when thousands of women try out for the marriage request, however things derail quickly when department assistant Rosie shows up to assist the professor with his growing science project. The two develop a friendship in which helping each other means getting into some weird adventures resulting in hidden skills and interest are suddenly discovered. If you love the "Big Bang Theory" you'll bust a gut reading "The Rosie Project"!

One of the few books enjoyed by the entire BEST SELLERS BOOK CLUB!
Soon to be made into a major Hollywood Movie version, we all should
keep an eye out for this one!

Ghettostone, Editor/Chief
www.ghettostone.com

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navdamme
Jul 25, 2017

"'Do you find me attractive?'...'I haven't really noticed', I told the most beautiful woman in the world."

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem."

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CrochetCat374
Jun 03, 2015

"…it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept but to find someone who might accept me."

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salsaladybug
Jul 16, 2014

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

siammarino Dec 31, 2013

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.

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