Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review - "The Rosie Project"

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion

Let me start off by saying I LOVE THIS BOOK. I often have family and friends ask me if I have read any good books lately, and yes. Yes I have. I read this book in 2 days because I could not put it down. In fact, I only did put it down because I had to sleep and go to work (why is there not such a thing as a "can't-work-must-read" day?!).

This book is about Don Tillman and his hunt for a wife. Don Tillman is a brilliant scientist, but he also has trouble with social situations, and he doesn't always understand irrational feelings or emotions - kind of in a Sheldon Cooper sort of way. I only compare to Sheldon Cooper so you have an idea of how special Don Tillman is - this book is completely original and otherwise not comparable to anything I've ever encountered.

Don decides that everything in his life is pretty great, but he is missing one key part - a partner. Don embarks upon what he calls "The Wife Project" using a questionnaire and elaborate statistics. In the midst of this project, Dan meets Rosie. Rosie is definitely not wife material. She enlists Don in a project of her own - and neither of them will be the same again.

Everyone should read this book. I laughed out loud, and I shed a tear while reading this book. This book makes you reconsider "normal" and if it really is necessary to be so. The readers are given the opportunity to delve into the mind of a totally unique character who you just love right from the beginning even though he is clearly "different" from most people you meet. This book also brings into question the idea of love itself, and what it means to be someone's companion in life - not every love story is the same and that doesn't make one less valid than the other.

I can't encourage you enough to pick up this book and start reading - The Rosie Project is my favourite book of 2014 and I would shout it from the rooftops!

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