Published by Simon & Schuster on October 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Satire
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.
It is very Big Bang Theory ish but there are so many differences along with the similarities. The short is, if you enjoy the Big Bang Theory you will love this.
And now for the long: The main character, Don, is 39 and realizing that he is missing something in his life. He decides with the help of two close friends, Gene and Claudia, that he will start a Wife Project. It’s hilarious! It’s all about finding THE one girl that fits all of this crazy criteria. Starting with a non-smoker and then going to how much body fat she has.
Now although the premise isn’t that much it is Don’s story that is the fun part of reading this. His growth, his foibles, just his learning and his setbacks. They are all fun and exciting to read about. Add on top of that the fact that I completely recognize this type of socially inept person and empathize completely with is plight although maybe not to his extent (thankfully!) and being able to have this level of empathy made the story that much better for me.
I was also completely understanding of Rosie. Although the book is about Don and his mistakes, Rosie becomes a huge part of Don even though she doesn’t fit his wifely criteria.
In short… this is freaking hilarious. A little wordy but I loved every part of the wordiness. Definitely will have to read this one again! LOVELY! I just want more!