The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is this authors fiction debut and it is utterly fantastic! This novel is funny and quirky and all about finding love but maybe not in the way you thought you would. I listened to the audio version of this book which is narrated by Dan O’Grady and he was an absolutely perfect choice to tell this story. He added the right amount of humor to every minute of this story which had me laughing more often than not and he has an awesome accent which I always love. A very well done audio!
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics and completely brilliant. Along with being brilliant though comes being extremely awkward in social situations and that is where the hilarity of this novel comes in. I’m not usually drawn to male characters but one can’t help but like Don. The thing is Don knows he’s horrible at anything to do with a social situation but still he’s decided it’s time to find himself a wife. To do this he puts together a questionnaire dubbed The Wife Project to aid him in finding this appropriate mate. In case you are wondering yes Don needs a questionnaire because he’s missing that emotional side that would help him pick a wife. He has to rely on what he’s looking for in one instead.
Then he meets Rosie and many of his lifestyle habits along with his questionnaire go right out the window but does Don realize this – no, not really … at least not at first. At first his only goal is to help Rosie find her biological father but it seems that Rosie may be interested in Don. It’s too bad that the socially inept Don is unable to recognize that love really has nothing to do with science. Will he ever be able to feel a normal emotion like love before it’s too late?
The Rosie Project is sure to have you laughing as it did me. Don is truly funny in just how awkward he is. The things he does and says, while making perfect sense to him, come off as hilarious to the reader or listener in this case. This novel is so full of humor and warmth and I truly enjoyed it. Listening to the audio of this book was time well spent. When I finished it I felt happy and good and you have to love when a book leaves you feeling like that. I look forward to reading more from Graeme Simsion!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.