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The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | May 13, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Rosie Project is rated 4.3846 out of 5 by 39.

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

The feel-good hit of 2013,The Rosie Projectis 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 Projectis a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.9 in

Published: May 13, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443422665

ISBN - 13: 9781443422666

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't enjoy this style This has been a very popular book, but I'm going to be one of the few who did not enjoy it. I don't like "chick lit" or first person stories. I realize that there exist a few people who are actually like the main character, so it's enlightening to learn about them. I give author credit for giving us someone different - out of the norm - but still, I read it in chunks.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a very different book, it kept me captured till the end, thought about it several times over the last week, \I have both and found the sequel just as good.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book came highly recommended by an Indigo staff member who was SO enthusiastic about it I couldn't say no. Needles too say I'm really happy I took her advice as this was one of my favourite books of the year!
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny but touching as well My son has ASD, I found parts of the book very funny for things I could see or hear him doing, there were sad and touching parts as well because having ASD can be a lonely existence. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love with this book! Written from the perspective of an individual with asperger's trying to find his love match - I found this book to be incredibly witty and fun. I could not put this book down, and read it from front to back in a couple of days. I leant it to my mother who read the book in one day - it is certainly an easy read. We have since bought the Rosie Effect because we could not get enough!
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story and a light read I enjoyed this book. It was the perfect companion for my commute to and from work. I found that the characters were likeable enough and I liked the fact that Don seems to be oblivious to the similarities that he has with patients who live with Asperger's Syndrome. It was humorous and endearing.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! I read the reviews on this book, and after contemplating it for a couple of days I bought the book. I will never regret this purchase! The first couple of pages are a little difficult to read through, but it's worth it. I absolutely loved this book, and guarantee you will too! It's lighthearted, funny, touching, and easy to read. The author keeps you questioning the outcome from the beginning. You will love this book, I promise!
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put it down! This book was incredible! It read like a movie in my mind. So captivating, I could not put it down.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Probably one of the fastest books I've ever read! I just could not put it down! Simply a wonderful read!
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read very funny and relaxing, I hope to read more books from this author
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, Fast, Easy to Read, A Great Book and You Learn a Lot About . . . Light, fast, easy to read, a great book and you learn a lot about how people with Asperger's Syndrome think.
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! A quirky romance with a bit of a twist... It's the kind of book you can't wait to finish but don't want to end!
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I bought this book because it was in the top 50 on the web site. And I wasn't disappoint!! Reading was easy, the caracters are funny and charming. I really like the writing style of the author. I'm looking forward to read more fiction book from him.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rosie Project - A Great Read This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a while. I laughed out loud almost every time I picked it up to read. I loved the writer's style and he really captured the personalities of his characters. It was hard to put down, yet I really didn't want it to end. My husband read it after I did and he too found it a fun read. I have since passed it on to my daughter-in-law and have recommended it to a number of friends in the past few weeks. You won't be disappointed! I am looking forward to his next book.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny funny, I did not want this book to end.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not worth all the hype I am really surprised this book was rated so highly. I found it difficult at times to get though and I had to force myself to keep reading to finish the book. The characters are quirky and funny. It is a light read but not one that I would recommend. The plot sounds great at the service, but at the end of the day, this book just did not deliver.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! A wonderful read. I bought this book based on reviews here on indigo, and I'm so glad I did! Was a really good read - I'll read it again, I'm sure!  The way the author embraces the quirks and charms of the characters is fantastic. I've already leant it to a friend!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Rosie Project Two things: First, the character is not Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, but he will remind you of him at times; second, this book is meant to entertain and enlighten, but not to change the world. How you respond to those two facts dictates how you will respond to this book.  Some find the main character's resemblance to Sheldon charming and engaging. Others roll their eyes and dismiss the book because of the similarity. Some readers settle into this book with a light heart that allows them to enjoy the story for the pleasant romp that it is. Others pick it up with the expectation that the challenges faced by those with Asperger syndrome should be dutifully and seriously addressed. These readers rail against every perceived cliché and misrepresented fact. I settled into this book with a light heart. I found Don Tillman's resemblance to Sheldon charming and engaging.  I don't see The Rosie Project as a textbook examination of Asperger syndrome. I don't think a novel should have to bear that awesome responsibility. Does it raise awareness of the prevalence of Asperger syndrome in society? Yes. Will it encourage people to be more understanding of people who navigate society differently from most? Yes. Does it entertain and enlighten? Yes. That's good enough for me.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible book I noticed this book was a worldwide bestseller and wondered why so I decided to buy it to see, after reading The Rosie Project it's now one of my all time favourite books.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book! I absolutely loved it!!!!! Easy going and funny!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When the World Finally Imposes Its Wuill A cute story about the world conspiring to cause a rift in normality and our default to status quo coping.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! This book had me laughing out loud from start to finish. Especially entertaining if one has a scientist in their life!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and funny read Oh the struggles of Don Tillman, a genetics has struggled his whole life from being different. He can't socialize or love day by day like a "normal" person. Tillman goes by a strict daily routine and if anything throws off his daily schedule, he quickly tries to adjust it to get back on track. For example: Don will cut the time of his work out so everything for the day is back on track.  But his life gets taken off course and eventually struggles to keep any of his routine when he meets Rosie. Don believes Rosie is going on a date with him because of the "Wife Project", which is a questionnaire Don created to find a potential female partner.  Don finds himself in situations he would never find himself in if it wasn't for Rosie. Rosie exposes Don to a different life all while both trying to find who's Rosie's biological father is.  This book is all about friendships, love difficulties and humor all in one book. It's a funny, easy read and I definitely suggest The Rosie Project as your next read.
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and fun! This book is funny, smart and very "light" ... Not the common predictible love story! Loved it!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Love Story After looking at the reviews and ratings I ordered the book online. I finished the book in less than 24 hours and couldn't put it down, but at the same time it didn't really have a peak in the story. It was pretty steady and at times the narrator, being the main character, was quite monotone at times. I understand that it was done on purpose to drive home the point of love trumping logic, and it didn't really bother me, but could be boring for another person. Overall, it was a cute story, but a little overrated in my opinion.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun! Young adults and senior citizens in our family have equally enjoyed this.  It's original, and realistically anyone who is as far off-base in understanding women would believably have a very hard time getting to a second date! Much of the fun is in "looking into his head" as he makes a complete mess of his well-intentioned contact with women. It gives you a much wider understanding of some socially inappropriate people. John
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to its hype This book is terrific. Finally one that actually is as good as most of its reviews, at least for me. The author created characters to care about--funny, flawed, human. I thought it might become trite but Don and Rosie are true to themselves throughout the story which made me laugh, learn a bit, even get seriously misted up near the end. A very well written and enjoyable book.  
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tested my patience This book deals with Autism Spectrum disorder, in the same vein as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. But it doesn't feel so original this time around. There are several books out there on this topic, this one just isn't one I'd recommend. I read the first chapter and was so irritated that I couldn't do more than skim the rest. It left me wondering how this book every made the "recommended" list.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Likeable to the core What an incredibly sweet and lovely little novel. Our narrator likely has undiagnosed asperger's syndrome. He is self-diagnosed as socially awkward with a serious need to schedule. He undertakes various "projects" to improve his life circumstance (the wife project, the don project, the rosie project) all of which he relates in an entertaining and matter-of-fact way. I really adored this surprising gem ~ a must read. .
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful debut It was a dark and stormy night....our power went out on Sunday night - reports indicated that it would be out for most of the night. Rather than digging around for a flashlight, I realized I could use the handy dandy flashlight app on my iPad - and that I could easily hunker down and read in the dark. (Others in the house were moaning about televisions and PlayStations) Well, I read until the iPad ran out of juice. (I didn't have a full charge when I started) Do you ever start a novel and realize you're in for a fantastic read within the first few pages? Graeme Simsion's debut novel, The Rosie Project, was one of those books. Genetics Professor Don Tillman leads his life by a strict schedule, strict rules and rigidly adheres to them. He's brilliant, but socially inept, unable to read facial clues or experience emotion. He's had a few first dates (very few) but never a second one. Nearing his fortieth birthday, he decides he needs to find a mate. But how to do that without wasting time? Aha! "A questionnaire! Such an obvious solution. A purpose-built, scientifically valid instrument incorporating current best practice to filter out the time wasters, the disorganized, the ice-cream discriminators, the visual-harassment complainers, the crystal gazers, the horoscope readers, the fashion obsessives, the religious fanatics, the vegans, the sports watchers the creationists, the smokers, the scientifically illiterate, the homeopaths, leaving, ideally, the perfect partner, or realistically, a managed short list of candidates." And The Wife Project is born. And then Rosie Jarman walks into Don's office. Don thinks she is thee to apply for The Wife Project, but Rosie is looking for a geneticist to help her find her biological father. Rosie is everything Don is NOT looking for in a mate. But he's intrigued by her search. And so, The Father Project is born. And maybe, just maybe, Rosie is a little intriguing as well... I loved Don and his view of the world. His scheduling, his routines, his reaction to the rest of the world - and theirs to him. Simsion manipulates the reader wonderfully. I became so invested in Don and his search and his burgeoning self awareness. I empathized, I laughed, I cheered. The supporting cast of married couple Gene and Claudia were just as well drawn. It was interesting to see their story revealed through Don's eyes. Don tells the whole story and Simsion never breaks character. It was truly eye opening to see the world through a 'different' set of eyes. The Rosie Project was absolutely wonderful and beguiling and just a really, good heartwarming, read. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Sony Pictures has optioned film rights to The Rosie Project and Simsion is working on a sequel.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just ordered this, inspired by "John's" review. Where did you go??  Wanted to ask if you've managed to reach a second date yet? Will post again when finished the book.
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you only read one book this year, this is it I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about, and I am happy to report, that I am not disappointed in any way. I loved it and didn't want to put it down, but I didn't race through it as I knew that I wouldn't want it to end. Don Tillman is a professor of genetics at a university in Australia. He has a very straight forward approach to life; he has a strict schedule and every thing he undertakes has a specific purpose or goal. I became obvious to me almost immediately that Don has autism, more specifically Asperger Syndrome, though he doesn't realize that. At first, I felt that the narration was a bit stilted and uncomfortable, but quickly realised that it was the character of Don who was so rigid with no emotion to colour his words or activities. He has reached that point in his life where he wants a wife and is determined to launch a project to find the perfect candidate. To further this goal, he enlists the aid of his two friends, husband and wife Gene and Claudia. The project takes a twist when Gene sends Rosie to Don with a genetics question and he mistakes her for a 'wife' candidate. From the point of their meeting, we get an inside view of the development of their friendship even though Don has dismissed Rosie as a potential mate. If I were to interview Don and ask him how a person makes friends, he would undoubtedly give me a very specific list of activities and dialogues that would have to occur, but in reality, they seem to develop over time due to repeated associations. I really can't look back at any of my friendships, and pick that one day where we went from acquaintances to friends. That is essentially how his relationship with Rosie proceeds. Don lived a very structured life before he met Rosie, and through out the novel, he had several talks/debates with himself about changing his plans/schedules. This is very realistic as I have found that I also become set in my ways and that I need to kick start myself and try something new and different every so often. This is a wonderful presentation of two very different people developing a relationship and how they accommodate each others uniqueness. I also want to congratulate Mr. Simsion for his use of humour. This book was funny and had my laughing out loud at parts and credit to the author, that it was always the situations I was laughing and never at the person involved.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to read, hard to put down This often funny book helped me appreciate how someone who I would have rejected immediately - who has never been on a second date in his 39 years - is more than he at first appears.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Therapy Sometimes it takes awhile to get into a story ... not this one! I was captivated from the beginning. This book had me laughing all the way through. The only sad part of the book was the ending ... because it was finished!
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from When the Wrong One is the Right One Stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy. It's even more difficult when you have ASD, but that's what happens when Don meets Rosie, a woman who most assuredly DOES NOT meet any of the criteria on his multi-page questionnaire. Hijinks and love ensue, when Don realizes that love is about more than the right answer.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully sweet, funny and unique The Good Stuff One of the most delightfully sweet, funny and unique stories I have read this year Don's relationship with Daphne was sweet (would actually liked to have more on this) The scene where Don address' the Asperger's kids was positively brilliant Just one of those screwball kinda comedies that you could totally see made into a movie (no surprise it was originally conceived as a screenplay) Every single character is a pure delight Rosie is perfect, a total screwball but with strength and compassion Made me laugh my ass off on so many occasions, and on a few occasions cry a little Fast paced Makes you feel like that there is somebody for everybody, no matter how weird or different you are Love that Rosie thinks Gregory Peck was the sexiest man ever The Not so Good Stuff No complaints Favorite Quotes/Passages "Apparently he had been an oncologist but had not detected the cancer in himself, a not-uncommon scenario. Humans often fail to see what is close to hem and obvious to others." "You know what I like about New York?" he said. "There are so many weird people that nobody takes any notice. We all just fit right in." "Jesus addresses the angry mob who are stoning a prostitute: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." A stone flies through the air and hits the woman. Jesus turns around and says, "Sometimes you really piss me off, mother." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Fans of The Big Bang Theory are going to eat this one up The perfect summer read If you are looking for something light and fun, this is exactly what you are looking for 5 Dewey's I received a copy of this at the Simon and Schuster (Published in the US by Simon and Schuster) party at Book Expo America 2013
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Quirky This was such a fun and quirky book! The characters were a blast to read and get to know. From Don's many quirks, to Rosie's brash abrasiveness, and the way they interact, this book is a comedy show from the very first. I couldn't stop laughing through most of the book. Just the way their relationship developed through the book and the struggle Don had with his logical, empirical nature and the sense of falling in love was just a joy to read through.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one book no one should miss! What is there to say that hasn't already been said about Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project? Well, I'll try to say something a little bit different but the consensus is that this book is utterly and completely FANTASTIC! Simsion's lead character, Professor Don Tillman is a quirky, schedule-obsessed, and completely lovable mess. As we follow Don on his quest to find a life partner, which he aptly names The Wife Project, we are treated to a funny and heartwarming journey of his own self-discovery. Don is a scientist who just can't seem to look past scientific principles. He approaches his search for a wife using almost every data-based method ever created. Don's days are strictly planned and scheduled but when he meets Rosie, Don finds himself suddenly willing to forgo his regimented schedule just to be with Rosie. I truly enjoyed The Rosie Project and read it far too quickly. I just had to know how it all ended. Graeme Simsion's book is a wonderful read and it absolutely deserves a very enthusiastic 5 Stars! Read it. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love vs Logic "The Rosie Project" has garnered a ton of hype and praise even before it's publication. The ingenious cover design of a Venn diagram caught my attention, and the quirkiness of the plot and eccentricity of the main character struck me as something I would enjoy. I was definitely not disappointed. Don Tillman, the story's protagonist, has been compared to Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory. This is not false. Don isn't an exact carbon copy but the way about how he thinks, feels, and acts, is strikingly similar to Sheldon. No, The Big Bang Theory does not have a trademark on such a personality even if it has popularized it in today's pop culture. Credit has to be given to Graeme Simsion for bringing to life a character like Don on paper through words. The matter-of-fact tone coming from Don's point of view translates well. The narrative is surprisingly engaging even though Don seems emotionally disconnected, and as he works out his logical and rational thought processes, he does so endearingly. This was one of my concerns initially, that the innateness of his personality would prove to become repetitive in the storytelling because of how individualistic he is and how predictable his actions can be. Time and time again, I'm proven wrong. With every twist and turn in the plot, it hooks and reels me back in. Furthermore, there are such varied personalities among the supporting characters - two of his few friends, Gene and Claudia, applicants of the Wife Project, and the yin to Don's yang, Rosie - that there is always that break from the intensity of Don, if ever such relief is needed. Perfect for the spring or on the summer beach, this is such an irresistible read, and will definitely make for a charming rom-com on film. Any emotion Don might not feel, you will while reading "The Rosie Project."
Date published: 2013-03-29

– More About This Product –

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.9 in

Published: May 13, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443422665

ISBN - 13: 9781443422666

From the Publisher

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

The feel-good hit of 2013,The Rosie Projectis 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 Projectis a romantic comedy like no other. It is arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, and it will make you want to drink cocktails.

About the Author

GRAEME SIMSION is an IT consultant and educator. He wroteThe Rosie Projectas a screenplay before turning it into his first novel. The screenplay won the Australian Writers Guild Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010 and then won the 2012 Victorian Premier''s Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Follow him on twitter @GraemeSimsion.

Editorial Reviews

"Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction.Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical?love.Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page.I?m madly in love with this book!Trust me, you will be, too." -- Lisa Genova, best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected ()
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