The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman Series, Book 1

eBook - 2013
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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. Praise for The Rosie Project A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year A national and international bestseller #1 Indie Next Pick (US) #1 Library Reads Pick (US) 'Funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.' Marian Keyes "Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell. I'd love to have a beer with the humane and hilarious Graeme Simsion." - Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook 'I absolutely loved The Rosie Project original and clever, and perfectly written. The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie and I can't wait for that to happen.' Jill Mansell, author of To the Moon and Back "The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time." Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Fly Away and Home Front "This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love." Maggie Shipstead, bestselling author of Seating Arrangements "Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming." John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas One of the best romantic comedies of the year, this debut will leave you with a new perspective on what it means to fall in love." - Chatelaine "Crackling with wit and almost boasting an almost perfect calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio, Graeme Simsion's delightful debut, The Rosie Project, joins ranks with the best romantic comedies of our age." The Globe and Mail "Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There's a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project....It's not surprising that debut novelist Graeme Simsion has a background in science The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision-engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor." Entertainment Weekly "Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead into a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is 'great fun.'" USA Today "Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn't this well-written. . . .A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel." and#8211;...
Publisher: 2013
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ISBN: 9781443422680
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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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sgcf
May 31, 2020

I read this for a second time. It was a light-hearted choice by our book club host for this month. The book is about pure entertainment alone, generating smiles at the expense of socially inept Asperger characteristics. I could never ‘believe’ in a story like this because Asperger qualities and habits do not do an about-face as if they’re mere peculiarities. But fun to read.

LPL_JillM Apr 20, 2020

This is a thoroughly delightful book! I found the characters quite lovable...Don, who is likely “on the spectrum,” is heartbreakingly sincere, and Rosie is as honest as she is flawed. The book is a lovely, if not altogether graceful, dance between the main characters. I was delighted to discover there are subsequent books following this one!

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hutieu
Jan 18, 2020

Such an interesting story for the nerds and who likes to date a nerd.
There are many "raw diamonds" around us. Just give them the chance, smooth them a bit, and you can't imagine how bright they will be shining.

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Bklvr1981
Jan 03, 2020

Started a little slow, but I ended up really enjoying it.

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kiml00
Jan 02, 2020

This book is very entertaining especially written from the perspective of the main character, Don Tillman, who sees the world from a different country perspective because his brain is “wire differently”. I very much enjoy this book even though I’m not usually into this genre. So far this book an The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang are added to my favorite books list.

Not quite what I thought it would be. The “humor” seems mainly to be laughing at how someone with autism spectrum and compulsive behaviors doesn’t fit in. Don’t know why I liked this less than Big Bang Theory, which can deal with similar situations.
That being said, I rated this above average because I liked that the story came from the perspective of the “different” character. I wish that the character of Rosie was more fully developed here because I think you learn lots about Don but not as much about Rosie. Also wish that there had been at least some academics portrayed in a positive light.

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RhinoGirl
Dec 21, 2019

Goodreads Bill Gates likes series.

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humbleworm
Dec 19, 2019

Enjoyable light reading. This is an extreme perspective on dating and social awkwardness with several parallels to the adolescent Netflix series Atypical and reminds me a bit of Daniel Tammet's 2006 non-fiction memoir "Born On A Blue Day". It is always intriguing to encounter anyone with a very different way of thinking, albeit fictional in this case. I recall working as a substitute teacher 25 years ago and struggling to help an adult student who could not grasp the concept of negative numbers, which had seemed so intuitive to me before that. I'm glad I signed out the book at the same time as the audio book because I only listened to the first cd driving to/from work before reading the rest myself that evening instead of waiting for the next day's drive.

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ugot2begood
Nov 12, 2019

I can not remember when I last enjoyed a book so thoroughly!

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BeckyR21
Nov 11, 2019

A quick and easy read. This book, like Don himself, needs a bit of patience to appreciate. No release date for the movie at this time, but I think it would be a fun flick. A bit predictable, and more than once you may want the characters to just talk directly to each other, but what's a book without a little conflict?
Enjoyable read.

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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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