My book reviews aren’t current at all are they?
I hear about books from friends or online, but they’ve usually been out for months, perhaps even years, before I get to them.
This is one of those – but on the off-chance that you haven’t read The Rosie Project – I thought I’d post my take on it.
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.
It has been brought to my attention that the books I enjoy tend to circulate around a ‘dysfunctional’ hero/heroine. Perhaps it’s because one can see elements of oneself in these characters? Perhaps it’s the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective.
Either way, this book fits the bill.
Don, the hero, is a pompous, self-absorbed, obsessive-compulsive with no filter whatsoever – which will make you hate him for a few pages until you realize something is ‘off’.
Perhaps he has asperger’s syndrome? Possibly a touch of autism? It’s never addressed, but you see the world through Don’s skewed interpretations (but then, who determines ‘normal vs skewed’?) and you fall in love.
” You’re saying she’s not The One,’ said Gene. ‘Not a life partner.’
“Totally unsuitable. But she’s extremely attractive. If I’m going to have uncommitted sex with anyone, she’s the perfect candidate. She has no emotional attachment to me either.’
‘So why the stress?’ said Gene. ‘You have had sex before?’
‘Of course,’ I said. ‘My doctor is strongly in favour.’
‘Frontiers of medical science,’ said Gene.
He was probably making a joke. I think the value of regular sex has been known for quite some time.
I explained further. ‘It’s just adding that second person makes it more complicated.’
Don is awkward and predictably unpredictable and utterly pragmatic in his endeavour to ‘fit in’ to a world that makes no sense to him. Rosie (the heroine) is aggressive and somewhat abrasive – but with the clichéd ‘heart of gold’ underneath.
The two lean on each other while working on a project and through their interactions they come to appreciate each others’ idiosyncrasies and how these same ‘faults’ create the balance the other was looking for.
It’s a love story without the typical gushy romance. It’s funny, it’s charming and it’s a wonderful look at the world from a completely different perspective.
The Rosie Project gets a thumbs up from the cheap seats!
And the upside of my uber-late book review, is that you can probably find it on sale in book stores and/or easily get a copy at your local library!
You’re welcome – it was completely intentional.
Graeme Samson’s series continues with “The Rosie Effect” – which is sitting on my nightstand, but I haven’t had a chance to read yet. I’ll let you know.
Have a great one!