Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Review: The Rosie Project

I loved this book more than I can say. It was just so good. I couldn't put it down.  

I know so many people hated this book,  but I loved it for a number of reasons. It was so much better than I could have ever anticipated, much more than I originally thought. In the begging I felt the book moved a little slow, it was a bit sexist, even though I hate throwing that word into a review. Although it was fantastic in terms of building a plot. There is so much charater development, and emphasis put on who these people are, it was quite intriguing. I want to put out a disclaimer that I am not an expect and therefore have no idea about how accurate the potrayl of the depicion of the main characters Aspergers. 

"Asperger's isn't a fault. It's a variant. It's potentially a major advantage. Asperger's syndrome is associated with organization, focus, innovative thinking, and rational detachment."

This book was adorable in terms of the romance, which oddly enough is so subdual at the beginning, you almost forget that the entire purpose of this book is so that our main character Don, a scientist with Asperger's, who is basically a channeling of the famous character Sheldon Copper is looking for love. He has completely convinced that his algorithm is going to find him the perfect wife. I mean what could go wrong with you allow a machine to determine your love life. Don, dubs this project "the Rosie project", and thus the adventure begins. 

"A questionnaire! Such an obvious solution. A purpose-built, scientifically valid instrument incorporating current best practice to filter out the time wasters, the disorganized, the ice-cream discriminators, the visual-harassment complainers, the crystal gazers, the horoscope readers, the fashion obsessives, the religious fanatics, the vegans, the sports watchers, the creationists, the smokers, the scientifically illiterate, the homeopaths, leaving, ideally, the perfect partner, or realistically, a manageable short list of candidates."

I believe the most powerful part of this book was the perfect way the author captured this main character, the voice is so descriptive, you almost begin to imagine you can hear him when reading through the dialogue. The parts where it is painfully obvious that he doesn't fit in with friends, coworkers, or lovers is sad and also very telling. It is also something we can all relate to at some level. I think it made the character more rounded, and human. At points,  this main character can be very unlikeable. 

I enjoyed the second journey that takes place in this book when Don gathers samples of DNA to try and find Rosie's biological father. It is also a great example of having to go out of your comfort zone, and face challenges head on. 

"In less than fifteen minutes, my entire schedule had been torn apart, shattered, rendered redundant. Rosie had taken over." 

There was also a fun and interesting journey with Don and Rosie gathering dozens of samples of DNA to determine who might be Rosie's biological father. While this is a hard and emotionally draining time for Rosie, it also teaches Don a number of things about compassion, empathy, emotions, and family. I think this might be my favorite part of the book. 

Overall I believe this is a really interesting romance novel, that will make you life, smile, and perhaps even cry. 

Goodreads Description: 

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

A Little Bout the Author: 

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also an international bestseller. 

Graeme's third novel is The Best of Adam Sharp, a story of a love affair re-kindled - and its consequences.

Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne Buist, also a published writer ( Medea's Curse, Dangerous to Know).

Author Links: Goodreads // Amazon // Website 

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