The Rosie Project

The Rosie ProjectAre you a person who is always late?  Do you smoke?  What about enjoying a drink or two?  If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you would probably fail Don Tillman’s survey for his Wife Project.  This would simply mean that you are not a match for him and so it would be best not to get involved.  Of course, Don has always had a hard time being a sociable person—he does only have two friends.
Set in Australia, Don is a genetics expert who just wants to avoid the hassles of dating to find the right person.  After all, he has never been on a second date.  It is a waste of time to spend precious moments with someone who is not compatible and he knows all about time—he even has a daily schedule set to the precise minute and a fixed meal plan for the week!
Enter Rosie.  She needs to find out who her biological father is and she heads to Don’s office at the university, for his help.  He thinks she is there because she is one of the candidates who filled out his survey.  Very quickly, the Wife Project goes on the back burner as soon as Don is approached with a more tempting proposal: the Father Project.
Without even realizing or admitting it, Don falls for Rosie even though she is the farthest match possible, according to his standards.  What he doesn’t understand is how his feelings are totally illogical to what he knows about the facts.  How could he love Rosie when she is always late, smokes and is a vegetarian?
By helping Rosie to find out who her real father is, they take crazy risks and go great distances together, which will prove to Don how the chemistry between them cannot be denied.
The novel is both charming and humorous.  You will want to cheer for Don and hope that Rosie finds the answer to her paternity question.  If you need a “pick-me-up” type of story, Simsion’s book is the perfect medicine.  It is his debut novel and I’m glad he decided to write it (even if it did take a few years to come to fruition).  I can definitely call this one a romantic comedy and it is a perfect read for women and men alike.  What did you think?  Were you just as smitten by the storyline?

If you are a member of the library, we have this title currently in Hard copy (F S6143r) and as an e-book.  This may or may not change in the future.  Please check the catalog frequently for an update of formats.

To read reviews on The Rosie Project, please click on the links below.
From The Guardian:

From The Independent:

For information on Graeme Simsion, click below:

Discussion Questions
Here are some questions to consider after reading the novel.

-At the conclusion of the Father Project, were you surprised to discover who Rosie’s real father was?
-What was your favourite scene in the novel? Why?

For more questions, please go to the following link, from the Text Publishing Company:

Interesting Tidbit
Rosie’s mom was convinced that eye genetics was a factor in determining who Rosie’s father really was.  In the “old school” thinking and research, it was widely believed that if a child had two blue-eyed parents, they would also inherit the “blue” gene.  It has now been proven that the child can actually get brown eyes, despite what their parents have.  The details of eye genetics and passing on blue or brown eyes is explained in more depth by clicking on the link below.  Quite fascinating:

This book reminded me of …
The novel has a wittiness about it that I have read in at least two other books.  I would say that Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is one of those stories which makes you laugh and root for the main man trying to get his woman.  Though the age of the characters are different and it takes place in England instead of Australia, the tones were definitely the same.  Also, Jonas Jonasson’s The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared had similar fun and silliness as The Rosie Project.  It is not too late even for a centennial man to get a chance at love in the end!  One more book that I can relate Simsion’s work to is The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.  Out of the three titles, this one mirrors The Rosie Project the most, simply because both men have a special condition which makes them stand out in society (one with Asperger’s Syndrome, the other with bipolar) and they are determined to have their love life the way they see it happening, not what is really in front of their own eyes.  Not only that but each novel has a point in the story where they end up dancing with their potential girlfriends in front of a larger crowd (whether it is at a Ball or a dance competition).

Favorite quote from book:
“Why do we focus on certain things at the expense of others?  We will risk our lives to save a person from drowning, yet not make a donation that could save dozens of children from starvation.” (p. 110)

Most cute moment in the story:
When Rosie finally proves Don wrong about his ice-cream flavor test and taste-buds theory. (p.227)

Next month’s title:
The Dark Road by Ma Jian

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16 Responses to The Rosie Project

  1. Brenda says:

    Oooh, I just got this from the library. Unfortunately, 3 of my holds became available at once so I also have a Diana Vreeland bio and a psychology book, aaaah! Hopefully, I get around to this, it seems fun.

  2. Mary Burns says:

    Not only does this sound like an engaging read, the identity theme The Rosie Project deals with also drove my Shinny’s Girls trilogy. What makes us who we are? An ever absorbing question. Thanks too for the link to The Guardian review. i respect the reviewers who write for the Guardian, and this one takes a thoughtful view of a title that could be dismissed as a light comedy.

  3. Amy says:

    I just loved this book and recommended it for our March Madness book competition for our consortium here in New Hampshire. Good news: It made it to round 3 (of 5). Bad news: It’s up against Inferno by Dan Brown….

    • Melissa says:

      Come on! Inferno can’t be THAT GOOD! How original and entertaining is it, compared to The Rosie Project? I have faith it can win 🙂 Incidentally, we have picked The Rosie Project as our library’s Book of the Month for March. Thanks for your comment! My husband and I are fans of visiting New Hampshire frequently. You guys rock 🙂

      • Amy says:

        Oh, thanks for your reply! I’m glad you selected it for book of the month club. New Hampshire is a beautiful state – glad you enjoy it!

      • Melissa says:

        Yes, I actually personally selected it to be the book of the month—I am the fiction librarian after all 🙂 Yes, we always try to find the time to go down there at least once a year, if not more.

  4. Amy says:

    Update: The Rosie Project beat out Inferno at our March Madness event which includes 12 libraries. I’m so psyched I can’t even tell you! Did I mention Dan Brown (he wrote Inferno) lives in New Hampshire?? They MUST make the movie – The Rosie Project. 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!

  5. Amy says:

    Addendum: The contest isn’t over yet. They’re in the 4th round. The Rosie Project now goes up against The Art Forger by Shapiro. Stay tuned, folks!

    • Melissa says:

      Can’t wait to find out. I have heard of The Art Forger but have not read it, so I cannot give any input on it but it does sound interesting.

      • Amy says:

        I am VERY happy to report that The Rosie Project has in fact made it to the championship round in our March Madness Contest! It goes up against The Husband’s Secret. I’m such a geek, this totally made my day. I’m having too much fun with this! To be continued….

      • Melissa says:

        That’s great news! This is making me excited too! 🙂 Let me know the final result.

  6. Amy says:

    The group of 8-10 libraries that sponsored the March Madness contest met today and discussed the interesting results of the event (I’ll know the final results Monday or Tuesday). Here is a quote from the minutes: “We’re all putting The Rosie Project on our ‘to read’ lists”. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Well, I hate to report that The Husband’s Secret by Moriarty beat out our hero Don Tillman for the championship round in the March Madness contest. We know which is the better book, though!! I really hope the movie gets made at some point. I did watch a few youtube interviews with Simsion. He’s a rather interesting character himself! Oh well, onward 🙂

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