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The Rosie Project had been recommended to me by several people over the past year, and it finally came up on my TBR list this month. After reading it, I’m kicking myself that I waited so long to read it!
The Rosie Project is a very funny and quirky story. As an educator, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching several students with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis and although we never really know what is at the root of what makes Don Tillman tick, I certainly did recognize some familiar tendencies. His obsession with time and attention to detail, his difficulty navigating social situations both in his personal and professional life certainly make him a unique and lovable character. Don, however, has come to the conclusion that there is something missing in his life. He believes that he is at a point in his life where it is time for him to find a wife, and so begins “The Wife Project” He arrives at this careful consideration after many discussions with his best (and really his only) friend Gene and his wife Claudia, who have tried in the past to help him find the right woman, all to no avail. It is Don’s belief that he needs to take a more scientific approach to finding his one true love, and as the book is written from his perspective, I’ll let Don explain his logic:
Don decides to develop a questionnaire to help filter out less desirable wife candidates, and this of course leads to some interesting hijinks. Along the way he is introduced to Rosie. Rosie has an effect on Don that he can’t quite explain away, even though Don decides that Rosie is “patently unsuitable” as a potential wife (p.75). Don finds himself becoming very involved in helping Rosie with a project of her own. As Don and Rosie, work together to solve a personal dilemma of Rosie’s they begin their journey of getting to know one another without the pressure of “dating”.
The Rosie Project is an easy read, which although is mostly light and funny, it does have some poignant moments which makes it very sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
- Grade: A
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Reviewer: teachergirl73