An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.
I heard so much about this novel from so many different people and sources and for the most part it lives up to the positive hype. No doubt, this story is funny and entertaining – I laughed out loud several times. The narrator, Don Tillman, is a unique and humorously honest character. Because Don thinks so much differently than most of us, his insights are practical, but also sometimes startling insightful. The story, while interesting and fun, did not quite have the depth I was expecting, maybe just because I heard it praised just a little too much before I read it.
Overall, a fantastic, light read, perfect if you need a laugh.
Content note: Frequent sexual references, including adultery and extramarital sex, and some foul language including the occasional F-word.