The Rosie Project — Review

April 17, 2014

I first heard about The Rosie Project back at Book Expo America and remember thinking that it sounded cute and fun. Now, however-many months later I finally got a chance to read it thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia’s digital overdrive e-lending platform.

I seriously love this service. It’s allowed me to expand my borrowing and really came in handy when I was recently hospitalized (I’m fine now, no worries). It’s super easy to access and is well-integrated with the library’s regular OPAC.

Anyway, back to the review:

The Rosie Project is about Don Tillman, a genetics professor with a brilliant mind, but less than stellar social skills (I know many have called him a Sheldon Cooper-esque character and while there are some parallels, I think the characters and their key motivations are very different). After a friend tells Don that he would make a wonderful husband — something that he had never considered — he begins the Wife Project using a detailed questionnaire to find a mate he believes will be compatible based on a number of parameters.

Enter Rosie, a young woman who doesn’t meet any of the criteria that Don has set out. And yet he is intrigued by her and enjoys spending time with her.

The endgame here is pretty predictable, I won’t pretend otherwise, but as the saying goes, it’s not the destination, but the journey. The point here is seeing how Don blunders through the new emotions and life experiences.

The Rosie Project is a quick and really fun read. I definitely recommend it.

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