Book: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster Audio, 2013
Book Info: Received for review from Simon & Schuster Audio. Romantic Comedy. Running time: 7 hrs, 32 mins. Read by: Dan O’Grady. Also available in ebook and hardcover from Simon & Schuster 304 pages.
Don Tillman is a genetics professor (who may have Asperger’s) who decides its time to settle down with a wife. He develops a 16-page questionnaire to narrow down his potential brides-to-be. The Wife Project detours into The Rosie Project when Don meets Rosie, a girl who fails the “interview” but steals his heart anyway.
The Rosie Project is utterly charming. I should have listened to you all sooner! I’ve been in the mood for quirky reads like Matthew Quick’s books lately and The Rosie Project is certainly offbeat and humorous. I’m glad I wasn’t reading in public though because I would have gotten strange looks from all the laughing.
Rosie is unwittingly set up with Don as part of the Wife Project, though Rosie isn’t looking for a husband so much as trying to find her biological father. Good thing she meets a geneticist then, and Don has some ideas of how they’ll find her father. Along the way he finds out Rosie is totally unsuitable for him- she smokes, drinks, has dyed red hair and she’s a vegetarian for god’s sake. But they do bring out the best in each other.
I especially warmed to Don in this book. He has his rigorous schedules and meal plans, and he’s BMI obsessed. The perpetually late Rosie really throws his whole routine for a loop. There’s something about the socially awkward Don that’s so endearing and I rooted for his happy ending.
The storytelling in The Rosie Project is so cinematic, so it’s no surprise that there’s a movie in the works. Don gives every task his all, from learning to bartender, to learning to dance, and these lead to some lol scenes in the book and I can’t wait to see how they translate to the big screen.
I listened to The Rosie Project audiobook, read by Dan O’Grady. O’Grady made this book even funnier, with his deadpan delivery. I was listening to this book when I was doing the dishes and just burst out laughing. I couldn’t help it- some of the scenes are so comedic. If laughter is the best medicine and you need a feel-good read I suggest this one – the seven-hour audiobook just flies by.
It took me too long to finally read this book but I’m glad I made up for it now. The Rosie Project is sweet, sensitive and fun and I’m eager to read more from this author.