People are always talking about the worldwide hit novel “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. For about a year, I’ve had it in the back of my mind to pick it up and give it a read. This week, I finally read it so I could be in the loop and know what all the hype was about.
In “The Rosie Project,” Don Tillman is a genetics professor with brilliant scientific ideas but dreadful social skills. Living in Australia, he is completely on his own aside from his work colleagues and a married couple that he considers his best friends. While he isn’t aware of it, the author alludes to the fact this eccentric character may in fact suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome, which causes his social ineptitudes.
When realizing he is aging with no romantic prospects, he decides it’s time to find himself a wife. Because of his love of scientific method, he decides to find his partner the only way he knows how—using a science experiment. With the help of his friend Gene, he compiles a list of questions that he believes will help him find the perfect wife. What he doesn’t know is this little experiment, affectionately called The Wife Project, will change in ways he never expected.
Don gets all of his questionnaires back, but realizes quickly that maybe his idea wasn’t the best, because none of the women seem right for him. Gene introduces Don to a friend who he knows is the complete opposite of what Don is looking for—a waitress named Rosie with spikey hair and a tough exterior. She doesn’t meet any of Don’s criteria.
While Don feels no romantic emotions towards her, he finds her to be his next science project. The two embark on a mission to find her biological father. Against all odds, these two become friends and realize that all their walls can be broken down with help from one another. Can Rosie look past Don’s social awkwardness and see the heart beneath his complex exterior? Can Don ever feel love or does he only rely on science?
Overall, the book, is pretty decent. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it and I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about. The best part of the story, in my opinion, isn’t the story itself, but the characters within the story. They are quirky, likeable and realistic.
While I did find it interesting to see someone overcome their social awkwardness in print, I thought the story itself was very predictable. Even though many people have said that “The Rosie Project” is an original and unique idea, I saw it more as a fancy fan fiction version of “The Big Bang Theory” where Sheldon somehow gets Penny to fall in love with him.
With that being said, I love “The Big Bang Theory” so I thought “The Rosie Project” was a cute concept and a fun and quick little read. It certainly wasn’t my favorite book I’ve ever read, but I do think that there is a huge market that would love this book. I put it in the same category as I put the “Shopaholic” books. I read them, I liked them, but I don’t actually think they are anything special. They’re just fun to read.
Recently, it was announced that “The Rosie Project” would made into a movie in the next couple of years. Believe it or not, I’m actually excited to see this on the big screen for a couple of reasons.
The first is that I actually think it would make a better movie than a book. There is a lot of dialogue in this book that I think would come across on screen better than in print, and I would love to see the characters come to life even more when given a physical representation.
The second reason is that Jennifer Lawrence has been cast to play Rosie, and she can’t do anything wrong can she? She can only make “The Rosie Project” more likeable, and it’s already pretty likeable to begin with.