The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

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A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him

A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

He will design a questionnaire--a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire--to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with.

The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.

Publisher: Toront, Ont. : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443422666
Branch Call Number: SIM
Characteristics: 329 p. ;,23 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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2018

The Rosie Project; A romance, a drama, an adventure and a novel written by Graeme Simsion. It’s about a man named Donald Tillman or Don that is a brilliant scientist but is not the best when it comes to social situations. He’s only been on one date, but never a second. So with his scientific skills he embarks on the Wife Project, a sixteen-page questionnaire to find the perfect wife… until he meets Rosie Jarman. Rosie is on a quest of her own, on a search to find her biological father. Don decides to put the Wife Project on hold and decides to help Rosie on an adventure for the Father Project. An unlikely relationship blooms and Don realizes throughout this project that despite the scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you. This book has been incredible to read throughout the humor and interesting facts. I soon started to dislike schedules because of this book. Don Tillman’s life was based on a schedule. He reminded me so much of a robot, so proper. The last chapter is my favorite part because he finally found who he was and love found him for who he was.
- @Creative_Cactus of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeDagmar Jul 13, 2018

Laugh out loud funny story with endearing characters and unexpected self discovery. Very enjoyable read!

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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!

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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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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