ROSIE PROJECT

ROSIE PROJECT

Book rating: 05 Paperback Michael Joseph

By (author) Graeme Simsion

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  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 24mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 11 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0718178130
  • ISBN 13: 9780718178130
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 3,223

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Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. Rosie, meanwhile, isn't looking for love; she's looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you...

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Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. Previously an IT consultant and educator, he wrote his first book in 1994 (the standard reference on data modelling, now entering its fourth edition), and taught at four Australian universities. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children. The Rosie Project was originally written as a screenplay, and won the Australian Writers Guild/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the 2012 Victorian Premier's award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.

Customer reviews

By Ryann Dannelly 29 Sep 2014 5

What a cute book! I love characters in the vein of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. You know the type—genius intelligence but lacking particular social skills.

Simsion’s writes Don as a character who, by all nature should be highly unlikable and hard to relate with. But Don isn’t. He’s beyond likable. I related to him quite well (you know, outside of the whole genius professor business).

You can’t help rooting for Don throughout the story. And of course, Rosie counters him so perfectly. The dialogue and interactions are perfectly witty and engaging.

Once I got into the story, I raced through the book. It did take a little while to get into though—the first fifty pages or so are slow as it sets up Don’s life and The Wife Project. But the moment Rosie walks into his office, I was hooked.

I couldn’t stop smiling when reading either. The humor and charm is wonderful. I also haven’t read many books set in Australia either, which was a fun shift.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys contemporary humorous romance. Also, if you love Sheldon Cooper, this book is a must!

By Rosemary McNally 30 May 2013 5

Upon beginning to read this book, the main character Don reminded me of the protagonists in the Big Bang Theory. The humour is even reminiscent of the well-loved TV show because most of it is centred on his inability to interact socially and interpret social situations, like the Big Bang boys. I didn't really expect anything special from the book as the awkward nerdy guy character is done over and over again.

HOWEVER, it was fantastic. It continually surprised me and made me laugh. I read most of it on the train on the way to and from work so that made for some confused looks from other commuters when they heard me trying to stifle my uncontrollable giggles. It is everything a good book should be. It was funny, had appealing characters I wanted to learn about and it made me question bigger issues (not that I'm going to tell everyone what they were, I don't want to spoil it).

I would definitely recommend it to anyone!!!

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Adorable ... Really funny and heart-warming, a gem of a book Marian Keyes Don Tillman is one of the most endearing, charming and fascinating literary characters I have met in a long time The Times A sweet, funny rom-com ... You'll be willing Don and Rosie on every step of the way Marie Claire Marvellous. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming John Boyne, author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas Touching and laugh-out-loud funny -- think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time meets Silver Linings Playbook Stylist A hilarious, unlikely romance with heartbreaking twists Easy Living An upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand One of the quirkiest, most adorable novels I've come across ... Thoughtful and fun, very different and utterly charming -- a brilliant first novel NZ Herald on Sunday Original, charming and very funny Woman & Home I absolutely loved The Rosie Project -- original and clever, and perfectly written.The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie Jill Mansell A poignant, funny novel about how you don't find love; it finds you Glamour Laugh-out loud funny, poignant and so ingenious and compelling you feel as if you want to jump into the world of the novel and join in Australian Women's Weekly Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and he keeps us laughing like hell Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook Genuinely funny; you'll laugh out loud Essentials An endearing, funny book, a quirky love story, and a must read for 2013 Australian Daily Telegraph A comic triumph: clever, humane and tears-in-your-eyes funny. But best of all, The Rosie Project is a madly romantic love story Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture Good-hearted, pacy and thoroughly enjoyable Guardian I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the most quirky and endearing romances I've ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don Sophie Kinsella A very funny and touching love story Sunday Express Don Tillman will exasperate, delight and immerse you in a world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Glorious Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife Funny, endearing, and pure, wonderful escapism Independent 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, author of Still Alice and left Neglected A swift, amusing read, with Don's mixture of absolute directness and emotional incomprehension providing lots of laughs Evening Standard If you like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time you'll love The Rosie Project Look The best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time Kristin Hannah