Review: The Rosie Project By Graeme Simison

Rating: ★★★★★

This book provides a brilliant combination of wit, sarcasm and heart-stirring moments that make it my favourite book so far this year. The bar is set high, but what makes it such a good read?


Review of The Rosie Project

Well, the Guardian has classified it as a combination between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon and One Day by David Nicholls. Both of these books are some of my all-time favourites, so it is no surprise that Simison’s novel comes into that same category.

The book “The Rosie Project” follows a Genetics Professor, Don Tillman, who has undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome (though this is not outrightly stated). He decides it is high time he find himself a wife now that he has a stable career and lifestyle. He instigates ‘The Wife Project’ a questionnaire that will help him weed out unlikely candidates to be his partner. Of course things don’t quite go to plan when Rosie turns up at his office. He mistakes her for a candidate and she is instantly discovered to be unsuitable. She’s a smoker, a waitress, and likes to drink. But why does Don find himself having so much fun when she’s around?

This book could quite easily be classified as the feel-good book of the year. This is before I even get to discuss the well written, character driven narrative. Don is an organised man; he even has a specific meal for each day of the week. The development of his character as he learns that his routines might not be the be all and end all of his life is quite remarkable. Similarly, Rosie’s character development is very subtle but cleverly imposed throughout the novel. I won’t go into too much detail about this because that would be too much information, but I will say that Rosie is not who you think.

If you read any book this year, I suggest it be this one.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Goodreads for my digital and print copy of this and the chance to review it before it’s release on April 11.

Mark your calendars because April 11th is Rosie Day.

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