Pick of the Week: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Sometimes you come across a gem of a book that makes you so happy that you want to tell everyone you meet that they need to read it.The Rosie Project (publication date Oct. 1) by Graeme Simsion is one such book. This book made me laugh out loud. It makes me smile when I think about it. It is a marvelous, quirky story.
The narrator is Don Tillman, a brilliant genetics professor who is challenged by social situations. He schedules his day down to the minute. He has few friends and has never been on a second date. When he decides he should find a wife, he starts “The Wife Project’’, and creates a 16-page questionnaire to find the perfect partner. She must be punctual, logical and enjoy traveling by bicycle. No smokers, drinkers, or horoscope readers need apply. She definitely should not wear makeup or jewelry, and must not be scientifically illiterate or a vegan.
Enter Rosie Jarman, who smokes, drinks, wears jewelry and uses makeup. Rosie asks Don if he could give her some advice on how to determine the identity of her biological father. Despite all of Rosie’s “negatives’’, something about her makes Don feel good, and he decides to help her with the “Father Project’’. Her spontaneity and sense of humor gets Don to do things he’s never done before.
Simsion’s story of Rosie and Don’s growing relationship was so honest and refreshing. The author does a wonderful job at reminding the reader that everyone needs companionship and love. “The Rosie Project’’ is a quick read and a lot of fun, and will be one of my favorites of 2013.