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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
(Or alternatively what would happen if Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory was in love.)
The Rosie Project is Graeme Simsion’s debut novel and it was one that I highly enjoyed. This book had been recommended to me by my mother who whilst enjoying it said that it was a hard read at some points, and whilst I disagreed with her on this point, I did agree that the main characters reminded me of Sheldon and Penny from the Big Bang Theory. (I think Don maybe the closest literary character there is to Sheldon).
The novel follows a geneticist called Don who devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. He then meets Rosie; the world’s most incompatible woman and she throws his safe and organised life into chaos.
Don decides to start the Wife Project after the ‘Apricot Ice Cream Incident’ which is when he goes on a date with a computer scientist called Elizabeth who has a very strong preference for Apricot ice cream. In order to prove that all ice cream tastes the same, Don tries to get her to taste mango and peach. Needless to say that the date ends in a disaster and Don decides to commence the Wife Project to find the perfect partner.
One thing I did enjoy reading during the book was the ‘Father Project’. Even though at the beginning of the novel it seems like the Wife Project will take precedence in the novel as the novel progresses as Don learns more about Rosie he agrees to help find her father. I found this aspect of the novel fun to read, especially the interactions between Don and Rosie including the Great Cocktail Night.
Another scene I really enjoyed reading about was the balcony scene, and how Rosie decides to change the clock on the oven to the ‘Rosie Time Zone’ to accommodate Don’s schedule. One of the highlights of this book was reading about the interactions between Don and Rosie.
Although it is predictable what is going to happen in the end, it is interesting to see how Don’s character evolves over the course of the novel.
Overall I would rate this book 4/5 stars, it was a highly enjoyable read and a novel that will leave you grinning when you finish it and I simply couldn’t resist picking up the sequel from the library when I saw it a few weeks ago!
Fun fact: there is rumoured to be a film adaptation of this novel starring Jennifer Lawrence as Rosie. But who do you think would be the perfect Don?