I’ve been jumping on all sorts of bandwagons lately. I recently finished watching all 5 seasons of Game of Thrones (amazing) and I decided to read The Rosie Project. I don’t know why I don’t generally go with what the popular audience is reading. I’m contrary. However, I couldn’t resist the premise of this one. It sounded sweet and fun and right up my alley.
A quirky geneticist sets up a project to find a wife but finds himself working with and becoming friends with a woman who doesn’t meet his criteria. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodread’s page.
The Good Stuff
Don is an interesting character as a professor who has Asperger’s but doesn’t seem to realize that he has it. Because the story is told from his point of view, we only see things through his eyes, but the author ensures that the reader still has an idea of what’s going on with the other characters, like Don’s philandering friend and his wife.
There are some great and funny moments in the book. There’s a scene in which Don is taking and serving drinks to a room full of people that I found to be high energy and fun. His character wasn’t always nice, but he was interesting and I thought his development and how he came to understand the world and his own feelings was well done.
Things That Made Me Go Hmmm
I wanted to like Rosie, but I just didn’t connect with her. I feel like she’s your standard quirky cool girl who saves the hero, but there wasn’t anything remarkable about her. I also spent most of the book waiting for them to get in trouble with the Father Project, figuring it seemed weird and a little unethical to be stealing samples of people’s DNA, even if it was to help Rosie out.
The Romance Factor
Though I didn’t feel much for Rosie, I did like the way their relationship subtly developed and how Don was too wrapped up in his own head to realize what was going on. There was a suitable amount of angst and I had a few feels, so I’ll give this 4/5.
The Steam Factor
The book relies more on the romantic comedy aspect of love rather than any sexy times, so I wouldn’t consider this book steamy or erotic at all. I think there was kissing and sex talk, but nothing to make me blush. 1/5.
Though the beginning was slow for me, I ended up liking the book overall. I’m debating whether I need to read the sequel or if I just want to call it good on this one’s happy ending.
2 thoughts on “The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion”
Hmm, a shame you couldn’t really connect with Rosie! Still sounds like a good book, but not a must-read.
I agree. I really wanted to like her, too. It was enjoyable, and I know other people loved it, so it might be a “must read” on another reader’s shelf. 🙂