The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Book - 2013 | 1st Canadian ed.
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The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance about a handsome but awkward genetics professor and the woman who is totally wrong for him

A first-date dud, socially awkward and overly fond of quick-dry clothes, genetics professor Don Tillman has given up on love, until a chance encounter gives him an idea.

He will design a questionnaire--a sixteen-page, scientifically researched questionnaire--to uncover the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or a late-arriver. Rosie is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent, strangely beguiling, and looking for her biological father a search that a DNA expert might just be able to help her with.

The Rosie Project is a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2013.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443422666
Branch Call Number: SIMSI
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 23 cm.


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For Fans of the Big Bang Theory.

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celiarheault Jan 04, 2021

I have read the entire series, but I'm not sure I would have discovered Don et al. if someone hadn't recommended it to me.

December 4, 2017 selection

ontherideau Jan 25, 2014

Big Bang fans will relate to the characters for sure. Make way for a new genre- Asperger Fiction.

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WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Absolutely adorable and heartwarming!

Feb 22, 2021

Could not finish this. At first, Don’s propensity for being direct and literal were funny, but then it went on and on, and I couldn’t tolerate what I assumed was supposed to be a shock or maybe humor for the reader. It also lacked in reality of how these traits would not be tolerated and corrected in some situations. Not on my list of recommended books.

Feb 07, 2021

The Rosie Project is a quick read but worth the time. The book kept me interested because of the unique perspective of the narrator. Although, I feel like the ending was way too rushed. Overall, the book was good, and I found myself being invested in the characters. Additionally, the novel reminded me of the Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, which is a great read.

Feb 05, 2021

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cfitzer1 Jan 16, 2021

Recommended by Lydia

Sep 28, 2020

I thought that I would find this book irritating, but I enjoyed it immensely! Don is charming, and Rosie is delightful. I loved how the story progressed and appreciated the romantic elements.

Sep 04, 2020

This book is perfectly fine, but it did make me wish for more books written by autistic authors.

May 31, 2020

I read this for a second time. It was a light-hearted choice by our book club host for this month. The book is about pure entertainment alone, generating smiles at the expense of socially inept Asperger characteristics. I could never ‘believe’ in a story like this because Asperger qualities and habits do not do an about-face as if they’re mere peculiarities. But fun to read.

LPL_JillM Apr 20, 2020

This is a thoroughly delightful book! I found the characters quite lovable...Don, who is likely “on the spectrum,” is heartbreakingly sincere, and Rosie is as honest as she is flawed. The book is a lovely, if not altogether graceful, dance between the main characters. I was delighted to discover there are subsequent books following this one!

Jan 18, 2020

Such an interesting story for the nerds and who likes to date a nerd.
There are many "raw diamonds" around us. Just give them the chance, smooth them a bit, and you can't imagine how bright they will be shining.

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Jul 25, 2017

"'Do you find me attractive?'...'I haven't really noticed', I told the most beautiful woman in the world."

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem."

Jun 03, 2015

"…it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept but to find someone who might accept me."


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Jul 16, 2014

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

siammarino Dec 31, 2013

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.

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