Tuesday, March 04, 2014

THE ROSIE PROJECT, by Graeme Simsion

Excerpt from the back cover: Love isn't an exact science—but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie—'the world's most incompatible woman'—throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?

At a subconscious level, I think I knew why this book attracted my attention. It has the colors of the Italian flag: green, white and red.

Every time I stepped into Borders, I saw this book and picked it up to examine it. I never failed to "scan" it and I enjoyed reading the tweets and brief reviews that are included in the novel. According to my instinct, this is a fail-proof book, and it's guaranteed to make me happy and smiling. Yet, I didn't buy it until after three weeks from the first time I set my eyes on it.

I reckoned 21 days were enough in terms of waiting to decide on the purchase, so I bought the book. I took THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion home with me.

"The world is going to fall in love with Don and Rosie." That's what Jill Mansell said. No kidding.

Closer articulated my exact sentiments: "Don's awkwardness and quirks are bound to charm the pants of you - and may even leave you with a bit of a crush." Yes, Don is pleasantly, intellectually awkward and he counts everything to its most precise timing. He has a fixed schedule down to eating lobsters every Tuesday (according to his Standardised Meal System), and has to recalibrate if his schedule is thrown off course. It's hilarious to see him recalculate or use the term The Rosie Time.

Another thing that endeared me to Don is the way he project-coded everythingjust like how I name my most-dear-to-my-heart project-of-the-moment Project Mozzarella (or other "projects" I called Project 50 and so on). Stuff like that, you know?

Here are all the adjectives I can think of to describe this wonderful page-turner: romantic, funny, inspirational, thought-provoking, comedic, sensitive, awkward, quirky, charming, delightful, brilliant, good-hearted, gem, unputdownable, moving, touching, fascinating, adorable, smart, amazing, amusing, clever, different, skillful, special, extraordinary.

Be prepared to be charmed by science. I love the fact that this novelwritten by a technical guyis so readable and awesomely romantic even in the most awkward way.

Updated 26 August 2016: You Should Absolutely Read "The Rosie Project" by Ben Halpern on August 15, 2016. This is a great post and the best part is he loved the book! He said it's "an absolute page-turner." :)


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