book recommendations

‘The Rosie Project’

by Graeme Simsion

Suggested beverage: Orange Juice. Freshly squeezed. A single 100 ml serving which will contain 52.4 mg of Vitamin C, 87% of your daily allowance, as based on an average person’s 2000 calorie diet. (Or you could always just treat yourself to a martini, because even Don Tillman has his weaknesses.) 

Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project is an always amusing portrayal of Don Tillman’s quest for love. Or, in Don’s eyes, his quest for a Wife.

See, 39 year old Don lacks basic social skills. While as a geneticist this has been of only mild concern, as a man it has proven to be problematic. Handsome, intelligent, athletically fit, he is (on paper, at least) a desirable partner. In person, however, Don finds it difficult to make connections.

So he devises The Wife Project. Using a pedantically structured questionnaire with a precise scoring system, Don is certain he will find a romantic partner who he is compatible with.

A simple, straightforward endeavor.

That is, of course, until Rosie slips through the system with her sustainable seafood, smoking habit and total unsuitability.

Not only is The Rosie Project a fun, heart-warming read, it’s also the kind of book that reminds you to look at your own life with fresh perspective. Don Tillman is the sort of endearing character that you can only wish the very best for. I found myself laughing out loud from the moment I picked the novel up, and glancing wistfully back at it once I had put it back on my shelf, encouraged by Don’s perseverance despite all the illogicalities and improbabilities of his predicament.

But don’t take my word for it, take Don’s:

“I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem. As with so many scientific breakthroughs, the answer was obvious in retrospect …”