Rosie Project, the name itself sounds so feminine and it is about finding a perfect match!
Graeme Simsion, the author, has done a fairly good job, for the book is hilarious, witty and you never want to put it down!
Don Tillman is a Professor of Genetics and the narrator. He is a bit weird, actually completely weird!! He mentions the BMI of any person when he sees him/her for the first time (consistently throughout the book !!), STICKS to his timetable ALWAYS, follows a meal plan, is socially inept, has only 4 friends in the whole wide world, measures everything he does and he has a questionnaire to be filled out by the prospective females!! And I don’t even want to mention the contents of the questionnaire! Looks like a mundane character, isn’t it. But he actually is not. His weirdness makes him so likable!
Rosie enters his life and turns it upside down. He is eating what he is not supposed to eat on a Tuesday, dining out in balcony (which he declares unusable as it offers the same view all the time !) and doing everything he has never done before. She is disqualified from being a match (Of Course!!) but he nonetheless helps Rosie to find her biological father and calls it Father Project. And yes, they fall in love.. or he does!
It’s amazingly written and the most funny parts are when Don is not-so-normal. It’s a unique book with a different perspective. I liked the notion of how when a person becomes important in your life, rest of it starts making much more sense! Old rules can be broken, new ones can be made, dislikes turn into likes.. such is the power of love! It’s not a typical romance novel, but is still a lovely book.
I wish there were more references of Melbourne, I would have loved to experience it in words!
I was laughing, not smiling, almost all the time while reading it, specially the first half or so. What more can one
ask for as a reader!
Some lines from the book:
“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
“Humans often fail to see what is close to them and obvious to others.”
“Our first relationship with a male is with our fathers. It affects how we relate to men forever.
“You can’t go through life not listening to music.”