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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

This is the best adult book I have read this year!

From the Publisher: 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.

Strengths: This book is laugh out loud funny as well as sweet and charming.  I love how Don realizes he's socially inept and tries to take steps to work on it, even if his steps are disastrous.  I love how Rosie just hangs with it. I love how dense Don is about the obvious, and how tenacious he is about trying to get things perfect. I love the detail that's brought out in the book that brings Don's character to life. I could visualize everything in this book, and I will be shocked if it is not optioned for a movie. 

This is a completely typical boy meets girl story that is completely atypical due to the main character's quirky personality.  I finally had to have my husband read this book at the same time I was, or else I would have read most of it out loud to him.

Weaknesses: None.  loved this book!

I received an electronic galley of this book from the publisher. The book is due out in he US in October of 2013. Do not miss this book!

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