- Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476729093
- ISBN-13: 978-1476729091
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10,360 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—San Francisco Chronicle
“Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There’s a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project. . . . It’s not surprising that debut novelist Graeme Simsion has a background in science—The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.” (A–)
“It’s natural to be wary of a novel that’s been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’ and no less than ‘the feel-good hit of 2013.’ Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.”
—The Washington Post
“Simsion’s attention to detail brings to life Don’s wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don’s Asperger’s syndrome as a fault, or a lead-in to a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is ‘great fun.’”
“An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . If you’re looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season’s fix. . . . This charming, warmhearted escapade, which celebrates the havoc—and pleasure—emotions can unleash, offers amusement aplenty. Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers—it’s no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.”
“Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in.”
"Another great favorite: The Rosie Project, a hilarious novel by Graeme Simsion. It’s truly one of the funniest and most poignant novels I’ve read, and when you’ve finished it, there’s an excellent sequel as well."
—Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Newsletter
“The Rosie Project opens as strongly as any comic novel I’ve read in a long time. . . . The book roars at high speed to its conclusion. . . . A highfunctioning but emotionally illiterate guy like Don makes a perfect unreliable narrator. . . . Happily, Simsion doesn’t give Don an unbelievable emotional makeover. Our man just learns to live by a more complicated algorithm.”
“One of the year’s most promising and original novelists.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Funny, touching, and hard to put down, The Rosie Project is certain to entertain even as readers delve into deep themes. For a book about a logic-based quest for love, it has a lot of heart. . . . [an] immensely enjoyable novel.”
—Booklist (starred review)
About 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 over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.
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I loved this book and I am going to give it 5 stars! It is categorized as a romantic comedy book and it was just that. It wasn’t a super sappy romantic read which I think I really enjoyed. The situations that Don got himself into were just so funny and I laughed out loud many times throughout the novel.
The writer did an awesome job with character development which can kill the book or make the book. It wasn’t draggy, you found out who each character was and how they fit into the story and each one was memorable. My biggest complaint with books is when they mention a character and then later on mention them again and I have to flip back to figure out who the author is talking about and I did not have to do that with this book.
Even though there is a second book in this series it wraps the story up in the first so you really don’t have to read the second if you do not want to. The second book just goes into what happens next in their lives. I will be reading it soon, so keep a look out for “The Rosie Effect” review in the next month or two.
In conclusion, if you love situational comedy in your books and a little bit of a love story this novel is for you!
Don then meets Rosie. A bartender and a student and they embark on a quest to find out who Rosie's real father is -- while getting to know each other.
I read this book in one afternoon. It was mildly entertaining, but that is about it. Probably not going to peruse the sequel. Not exactly chick-lit, but very close.
Don is a 40 year old man with Asberger's syndrome. He decides he is ready for a wife and goes about finding her using scientific methods. I love that this book does not portray Don as having a disease. Even he realizes that he is wired differently from most everyone else. His attempts to find a wife are hysterical. I found myself agreeing with his intent, if not his methods.
The reader is introduced into the relationship between his only two friends, who are married to each other. Seen through Don's eyes, their marriage is a perfectly acceptable open marriage, when in actuality the relationship is riddled with adultery.
When Don meets Rosie and decides to help her find her biological father, his ordered life is changed forever. Don's journey to become more socially acceptable, while staying true to himself is such a beautiful story.
The story is told from Don's point of view only. I wondered what Rosie's point of view would be like? It was obvious she was hurt by Don, unknown to him, multiple times. What exactly drew her to him?
This book is by turns funny (practicing sex positions with a skeleton?) and heartbreaking (his non relationship with his family and how he is always laughed at). This book is appropriate for a young adult (16+) to adult audience. I am giving this story 5 stars.