The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

If a novel about a character much like the character Sheldon Cooper from TV’srosie-project
“The Big Bang Theory” appeals to you, you’ll probably love this novel.  The main character is a genetics professor, Don Tillman, who demands order in every aspect of his life and can be utterly clueless in ordinary social interactions.  Never having had a second date with anyone, he creates a sixteen-page questionnaire and sets out to find his perfect life partner.  Not surprisingly, the “Wife Project” doesn’t go so well for him.  In his “Rosie Project,” he helps a woman named Rosie to find out who her biological father is.

The people who recommended this bestseller to me said, “It’s so funny!”  And so it is.  But, to me, there’s more to this book than just humor.  The Rosie Project gives insights into the social struggles that some individuals face and also shows that first impressions – and answers on questionnaires – can be misleading in evaluating the compatibility of two people.  I found it heartwarming to see Don growing in social skills.

And now I’ll read the sequel, The Rosie Effect.

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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