The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

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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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leslie55
Nov 21, 2017

The story of how a man with autism goes about selecting a life partner- how his method works and if it works? Humorous, but very believable.

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tegan
Sep 29, 2017

Such a fun book! I listened to the audiobook version, which was particularly enjoyable b/c of the great narrator.

AL_JILLA Jul 28, 2017

A fun read with amusing characters!

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MelissaYAReader
Jul 24, 2017

This was a fun laugh out loud book. Don reminded me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. He is highly intelligent, but socially inept. He decides to start the "Wife Project" by having potential wives fill out a questionnaire, but along the way he gets sidetracked into helping Rosie find her biological father. Very humorous, but the pacing is a bit slow at points and somewhat predictable. Fun and entertaining.

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mammothhawk229e
Jun 10, 2017

Why haven't Hollywood knocking author's door on LOL book?

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Lady_Readsalot
Jun 07, 2017

I loved this book. It took a few chapters to get into the rhythm, but after that I couldn't put it down. Funny, poignant, great for anyone who's had an Aspie in their life. More introspective than I expected, just the right balance between funny, dramatic, and heartwarming. Looking forward to the sequel!

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May 08, 2017

looking forward to reading this book

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sgcf
Mar 30, 2017

This book qualifies as an entertaining light summer read and I giggled my way through the exceedingly compulsive perspective of the main character, who likely has Asperger’s but doesn’t realize it, as he searches for a wife.

DBRL_KrisA Feb 27, 2017

Definitely mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, for what it is - a romantic comedy about a man with (undiagnosed) Asperger Syndrome and his project to find the perfect mate - it's very well written. It's fun, at times funny, and romantic in places.
On the other hand, it often feels like Don's autism is used solely as a vehicle for comedy. And, while I'm not an expert in the subject, I question some of the information shared. Don feels the need to follow a strict routine; any deviation from the schedule causes him extreme discomfort (typical among those with autism). But the author implies that, with just a little effort, schedules and routines can be broken without any lasting repercussions. From my (limited) knowledge of Asperger's, I doubt that's the case.
It seems that Simsion had an opportunity here to tell a funny, engaging story, while at the same time giving factual information about autism; it appears (at least to me) that he didn't manage to do that.

mygirls Feb 19, 2017

Laughed lots, great story reminds me of an Aussie version of Sheldon Cooper

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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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