Review of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?


For the past couple of months, The Rosie Project has been enjoyed by book bloggers all over the world and when I spotted it in ASDA, I knew that I had to jump on the band wagon and I’m so pleased that I did.

Much of my working time is devoted to getting mice drunk…

Don, the main character, likes everything to be in order but when people mess it up, his life quickly becomes unbalanced. Whilst I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance which Don had to Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show, The Big Bang Theory. Don called himself ‘intelligent’ and quite frankly, I believe that it’s an understatement. Everyone has their own topic which they excel at and Science is the one for Don, but he just doesn’t know the basics, he knows everything there is to know.

At first, I thought the first two chapters seemed to have very little meaning but as the narrative progresses, everything seems fitting as it all leads to The Wife Project.

When readers first meet Rosie, I expected the chemistry between them to be like no other, but I didn’t feel it. I know a lot of people have said that this is one of the greatest love stories of all time and I agree, but I was really pleased that I gave this book a chance because in the end, I absolutely loved Don and Rosie together. From their experience, I learnt how love takes time and that not everything ought to be rushed. Perfection doesn’t occur over night and neither does love.

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