Book Review – The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Little Free Library find on my part, this next book was our June book club pick. I didn’t know much going into it other than the fact that it’s going to be a movie at some point this year. I can’t say the book disappointed me – it just surprised me.

Book 20:
The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

May 2013

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Rosie Project is about genetics Professor Don Tillman’s search for the perfect wife. Through research/questionnaires/careful evaluation, Don believes he can find everything he’s looking for in a woman, but his project is thrown off course when Rosie enters his life, setting him down the path of a genetics project that takes up his time and transforms his world.

Favorite Quote(s):

“I asked you here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

– Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.


My Overall Rating:
3.5 – This was a tough book for me to rate. When I first got started, it was so similar to How Not to Die Alone, that I couldn’t keep the plots/characters straight. My rating could very well be affected by the fact that I read those two books so close together. However, reading these two books so close together showed me that these types of books are really less creative than I’d hope they would be.

Oddball character has a plan. Oddball character is stuck in his/her ways. Oddball character is pushed out of his/her plan and his/her ways when he meets a wildcard of the opposite sex. While the relationship with wildcard character is initially project-based, it eventually disrupts everything oddball thought he/she wanted and changes his/her life for the better, making him/her fall in love with wildcard.

It was the same for How Not to Die Alone and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’m disappointed in myself for liking them all so much (haha), BUT, I would also note that their ratings have gone done with each one. 5 stars for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, 4 for How Not to Die Alone, 3.5 for The Rosie Project. Sorry Graeme.

I still love oddball characters. I think I just need to see them in a different plot for me to love their stories, too. Each one of the three books I mentioned above are highly worth the read – they were all fun, funny, cute and easy to get hooked on – I just can’t recommend them back-to-back.

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