The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (295 pages)
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476729107


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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father. Australian author Graeme C. Simsion writes quirky love stories populated wit... Read More »

What can go wrong when a genetics professor, with a personality like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, creates a test to find the perfect wife? Nothing...or everything! A sweet romantic comedy, the movie is set to be released in May or Summer 2019

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and... Read More »

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Jun 23, 2019

rec by Jane and Diane

Jun 04, 2019

This was a great book exploring how the age old question, can opposites fall in love? Don is a brilliant scientist, but autistic and socially inept. Reminds me a bit of the tv show 'The Good Doctor.' Don sets out to find a wife who meets his exact criteria. Each candidate must complete a complicated questionaire to be in the running. But all candidates fail. Instead, Don ends up meeting Rosie, a bartender, who fails even the beginning questions. Definitely not a match, and yet.......? Witty, believable characters who learn to adjust and accept each other, while impacting others around them. Enjoyable reading.

Apr 04, 2019

I like funny books but don’t find many. Some reviewers found this book hilarious or laugh-out-loud funny. No, but it’s consistently amusing.

Don is brilliant, self-aware, socially awkward, and has two friends. He decides that he wants a wife, so, of course, he creates a questionnaire to find the one. But he ends up with Rosie, who is not even close. They end up meeting for various reasons and begin to become close. There are some priceless scenes: The Jacket Incident, mixing and serving drinks at a class reunion, and dancing at the department ball.

Read this book.

Librarian_Deb Feb 26, 2019

Don is a quirky guy. He knows he doesn't fit in with everyone else but he finds that his logical way of thinking creates efficiency in his life and he enjoys his routine. He does find interpersonal relationships challenging but he counts himself lucky to have a few friends - like his colleague Gene. With Gene's encouragement, Don begins a quest for love - or in his terms for a "life partner". He thus designs a questionnaire for prospective candidates and so the "wife project" is born. Don has a hard time finding females who match all his specifications, but it is when he meets a graduate student sent over to his office by Gene that things really start to get interesting. Rosie seems totally unsuitable as a wife project candidate - she smokes, rarely exercises and is highly unorganized. And yet as Don gets to know her he finds himself drawn to her strong personality and intrigued by her quest to find out who her biological father is.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Don is such a unique character. Even though he is highly logical, his observations are often very witty. He also tends to find himself misunderstanding the social cues of others--which often leads to unusual and comedic episodes that make this book highly entertaining. Since the reader is in Don's mind his actions seem perfectly logical, but it is also easy to see how the average person misunderstands his intent or tendency to take things literally (such as when he attempts to wear his expensive biking jacket to a formal restaurant. Yes, he did read the dress code they had posted, which said jackets were required for men, what's the problem?). And for anyone who likes a bit of romance, it's intriguing to see how the relationship between Don and Rosie develops and of course you are rooting for them to make it despite the many obstacles. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy unique characters and seeing the world from a different perspective

Jan 06, 2019

Loved this book. Funny and deep at the same time. The narrator is a genetics professor who is symptomatic of autism, and is reasonably self-aware, but doesn't recognize himself under that label. The book is so wise - there's never an aha moment where he "gets it." He just learns to understand himself better and better. Awesome love story.

I forgot the last time I read a book and laughed so much. The Rosie Project sure made me smile and chuckle more than a few times. The main character, Don Tillman, has an Asperger’s syndrome – a condition that is pretty much permanent in one’s life and clearly not a laughable matter. However, once you meet Don and get to know his way of thinking and his approach to life, you begin to ease a little and think- things are not that bad for Don, actually he seems like he figured out life better than most people. Don adores order, rules, predictability and it’s easy to label him as rigid and control-loving. But, he is also a nice, smart, talented, kind, and caring person.

Fun begins when Don decides to seriously look into his “Wife Problem” (he is in his late 30s and single) and this is how the “Wife Project” gets underway. Don Tillman, being a scientist (geneticist to be exact) approaches the love aspect of life fully prepared, with scientific research and measurements. Find out what happens next! (Submitted by Mariya)

hliggett Oct 25, 2018

Such a heartwarming book! Tons of quirky humor can be found throughout the story. Don's journey of self-discovery is one I will certainly remember. Can't wait to read the second installment!

Aug 02, 2018

The Rosie Project; A romance, a drama, an adventure and a novel written by Graeme Simsion. It’s about a man named Donald Tillman or Don that is a brilliant scientist but is not the best when it comes to social situations. He’s only been on one date, but never a second. So with his scientific skills he embarks on the Wife Project, a sixteen-page questionnaire to find the perfect wife… until he meets Rosie Jarman. Rosie is on a quest of her own, on a search to find her biological father. Don decides to put the Wife Project on hold and decides to help Rosie on an adventure for the Father Project. An unlikely relationship blooms and Don realizes throughout this project that despite the scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you. This book has been incredible to read throughout the humor and interesting facts. I soon started to dislike schedules because of this book. Don Tillman’s life was based on a schedule. He reminded me so much of a robot, so proper. The last chapter is my favorite part because he finally found who he was and love found him for who he was.
- @Creative_Cactus of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeDagmar Jul 13, 2018

Laugh out loud funny story with endearing characters and unexpected self discovery. Very enjoyable read!

Jun 14, 2018

such a good read, as well as part 2 "the Rosie effect"

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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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