This post contains affiliate links.  One thing I love about being in a book club is that it stretches me to read books I wouldn’t normally consider.  For instance, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  I generally don’t read romances; most of the time I find them cheesy and uninteresting.  However, Simsion has created a love story with a twist.  The main character, Don Tillman, is searching for a wife.  But Don has Asperger’s (though he doesn’t realize this), and his method for finding a wife is a bit unconventional.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

About The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is a successful genetics professor at a prestigious university in Australia.  Even though he gives a presentation about Asperger’s to a group of school children who have Asperger’s, he fails to connect that he, himself, has Asperger’s.  Don has one good friend, Gene, also a professor.

Don sticks to a rigorous schedule and a rigorous meal plan.  To make life simple, he eats the same meals on a 7 day rotation.  Tuesday is always the day for lobster salad.

It’s no surprise, then, that Don plans to manage his search for romance in the same methodical way.  He creates a questionnaire for each perspective wife candidate to fill out.  If a woman doesn’t match the desired answers to his questions, he crosses her off because clearly, she will not make a good wife for him.  Searching for a spouse is simply an analytical endeavor; no need for emotions to be involved.

But then one day, Rosie shows up at his door, saying she’s a friend of Gene’s.  Don mistakenly thinks Gene has already administered the wife questionnaire to Rosie and found her a suitable candidate.

Rosie, for her part, is everything Don is not–spontaneous and fun loving as well as highly emotional.  Once Rosie enters his life, Don’s life is never the same.

My Thoughts on the Book

I actually loved this book.  I found Don both endearing and frustrating.  I may have connected with this book more because two of my children have Asperger’s, though experts no longer call it that.  I could see so much of my children in Don’s mannerisms and way of seeing the world.

Having said that, the book was a bit edgier than I would have liked.  Gene, especially, was annoying in this aspect.  He and his wife have an open marriage (though Gene seems to be the only one taking advantage of this arrangement), and I found his sexual pursuits rather annoying.  However, beyond this aspect, I simply loved this book and can’t wait to read the next two books in the trilogy.

I give The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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