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The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  85,357 ratings  ·  13,241 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2013)
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‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion is so wonderful.
I’m going to attempt to enumerate my enjoyment of the novel;

1. Don Tillman is an Associate Professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne. He has a black-belt in Akikido, and can cook a mean lobster salad. He also has Asperger syndrome – but he doesn’t know that. Don just thinks that there’s something missing that leaves him baffled by human behaviour and unappealing to other people (especially the opposite sex). But after his dear ol...more
Sheldon in love.

Adorable and fun. Probably one of the most enjoyable chick lit books I've read, ironically, written by a man.

On the other hand, not nearly enough sex in it.

What a shame!
What a shame Graeme Simsion wrote this offering "quickly" and that he went with a "comedy rather than a drama".
What a shame that the opportunity to educate and illuminate was squandered and traded for gratuitous laughs ,extreme generalisations and blatant stereotyping.
My initial delight at realising the subject matter of this book meant I was immediately enrolled in ' the project'. A third of the way into the book, I became uncomfortable with the tenor and theme. The premise that hi...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very amusing and clever. The protagonist Don is definitely a clichéd version of someone with Asperger's, but I think he had to be for the purposes of the novel. He sits on the very end of the spectrum and embodies every single stereotypical attribute of an Aspie. At one point I cringed at the end of the book when he is struggling about whether he feels love or not. Not accurate for someone with Asperger's - they actually have intense emotions but are unable...more
This does for Autism what Pretty Woman did for prostitutes. It uses it for entertainment, it plays on it for laughter. It's a 1970's sitcom of a book.

The character of (Shel)Don feels like little more that fan-fiction of The Big Bang Theory and Rosie seems like the perfect emulation of The Cool Girl as described in Gone Girl. She's too trite and quirky to be believable. Don himself is simply a figure of fun, he moves form scene to scene for our amusement in a "what will he do now?" manner as Juli...more
Charmaine Clancy
Read this over two very busy days. I fell in love with Don, the protagonist. I loved the ways he measured and evaluated life. I want to embrace his rigid meal plan and have lobster in my bathtub every Tuesday night.
Although Don is a highly esteemed genetics scientist, he views life with a beautiful naivety, he knows the workings and technicalities of people, but just can't grasp that element that makes us chaotic, individual works of art.
And I laughed! Yep, I finally came to understand the inte...more
Paula Weston
How addictive was this book? I read it in a day - a day when I should have been doing other things.

It's a fun, quirky and erudite love story. It's laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly touching.

Don is a wonderfully offbeat narrative character and Rosie is his perfect foil. Graeme Simsion writes both characters pitch perfect.

I think one of the reasons the story is so appealing is that it's written by a man, from a man's perspective. And it's definitely not lad lit.

This book is going to be a huge...more
Sam Quixote
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This book made me laugh. Not many books can do that. This was a truly delightful book to read and I would never ask for a minute of the time spent reading it back.
Made all the more amazing by the fact that it is the first novel of Melbourne writer Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project will rank highly amongst my 2013 reads.
Written from a unique perspective, this is one of the few, if not the only, romantic comedies with a male protagonist. And not only male, but autistic.
Don Tillman is a brillian...more
♡Karlyn P♡

4.5 'Nerds Need Love Too' stars.

This wasn't a traditional romance novel, but I enjoyed the romantic aspect of this story quite a bit. There was also a fun and interesting journey with Don and Rosie gathering dozens of samples of DNA to determine who might be Rosie's biological father. It made me laugh quite a few times!

The hero, Don Tillman, is a 39 y/o socially inept scientist who lives his life based on strict rules. He never believed that love, romance and marriage was for him. But when a f...more
I enjoyed every single minute of this book! I knew it'd be a favorite because I've lived it! There is a "Don" in my life, and I was very clearly put on the "unsuitable" list, but we've remained good friends. It's hard not to love these sort of characters (real or fictitious).

I wager that this will be a film in the not too distant future. Even though it's an Australian book, I can't help but peg Lizzy Caplan as Rosie.

*sigh* Just need a few more minutes to let it all sink in...
Bette BookAddict
Sep 11, 2014 Bette BookAddict rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bette BookAddict by: GR
Shelves: autumn-challenge

My first note written about this novel is a 1 ★ intolerably woeful but a night's sleep has made me feel a little more generous so I've amended it to 2★it was ok. The whole premise felt predictable, horribly predictable, I found that main character incredibly annoying and the humor did not amuse me. I know I am swimming against the tide of most readers, especially my GR friends but it was just all very ho-hum for me. Sorry, folks. 2★
The Rosie project was a book I picked out on a whim while browsing through audible, as I wanted something light to listen to while running.
The book has excellent reviews and is described as " Genuinely funny, you will laugh out loud"
Unfortunately I didn't find the book funny and I didn't laugh out loud hence the the reason for my 2 star rating,

The novel has excellent reviews and many of my friends have loved it. I found it quite predictable in places and I didn't fall in love with the characte...more
Don Tillman is a professor of genetics who is a man of routine, order, and organisation. He doesn't like people who are late, who smoke or drink too much. At the age of thirty nine he decides it's time to find a wife which begins the Wife Project. For this project he puts together a comprehensive and lengthy questionnaire in the hope of finding a perfect mate for life.

When Gene which is Don's best friend sends Rosie Jarman to his office he thinks she is there for the Wife Project. He soon realis...more
The Rosie Project was good, but it could have been so much better. Like most three star books I don't have too much to say. I didn't like that Don's narration constantly reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. Yes they both have Asperger's (although that is never explicitly stated in either case), but that does not mean that they ere the exact same person with the exact same voice. I was excited to spend time with a main character that had Asperger's because, in general, people with Asperge...more
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a/k/a “Sheldon Cooper Finds a Wife”

Don is a creature of habit. His work, exercise, dinner, clothes, well …. EVERYTHING is scheduled to the second with zero variation. The only time Don has really ventured out of his comfort zone was when he befriended Daphne – a lonely elderly neighbor whose husband had been put in a nursing home. Before Daphne’s own health declines, she proclaims what a wonderful husband Don will be to some lucky gir...more
Dec 04, 2013 Lise added it
Rosie it's not you ... it's me. I just couldn't get into this book. A book club choice. I think there are only positive reviews on Goodreads and anyone I mentioned I was reading this book said to me "I loved that book" .... so I kept going back to it .... but I just couldn't do it. I struggle to read a book that people tell you ... oh you just have to stick with it. Nope. Just couldn't do it. To me, it read like the author already had the movie planned. Like I said though, I think it's definitel...more
Sep 21, 2014 Rowena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rowena by: Eve
Shelves: humour
4.5 stars

I went through a fluffy novel/chick lit phase during my late teens and early twenties and vowed I would never pick up such a book again. However, this book came highly recommended so I decided to give it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Don Tillman is a socially inept university professor, with very few friends and an extremely rigid lifestyle. He has designed a questionnaire, "The Wife Project", to find himself a wife. Unfortunately his standards are incredibly high. Howev...more
Professor Don Tillman, genetics scientist and a person who lived by his schedules, time-tables and lists, right down to the meals he cooked himself each night, the time allocated to each task and definitely OCD, wanted a wife. At 39 years old he decided it was time, and would go about it in the same manner as everything else he did. The questionnaire he finally decided on, after much cutting and tweaking, plus approval from best friend Gene and his wife Claudia comprised sixteen pages.

But when G...more
I have no excuse whatsoever. I had the ARC for this book for the longest time, and kept pushing forward reading it. It's not my type of book was my thought process. When I finally decided it was long enough and read it, it turned out to be the most adorable book I've read in a long, long time. So much for not my type.

It's hard not to fall in love with the quirky characters in this story. Don is the cutest, although in real life his Don-ness might drive people up the wall. Don is a geneticist, a...more
This is a delightfully quirky, funny, romantic book that completely took me by surprise!

It’s the story of socially inept Professor of Genetics, Don, who is on a mission to find a wife. There is a lot of talk of autism and Asperger’s in the story, and while it’s never actually confirmed that Don is diagnosed with either, there are certainly elements there. He is highly intelligent with a strict adherence to his daily routine, and he lacks any kind of social skills. Think Sheldon from Big Bang The...more

I want to make sure that my three stars don't discourage any curious readers away from this genuinely sweet, fun read. Three stars means I liked it, and I did very much.

The Rosie Project falls firmly into the Rom-Com genre, is very cinematic (and yes, fairly predictable in its execution), but despite its flirty familiar territory it's WELL WORTH giving over an afternoon of reading. Don Tillman is a delightful, unusual narrator -- though he did keep reminding me of Jack Nicholson's character in...more
Dale Harcombe
I admit I’m not usually big on books that purport to be funny. But this one is humorous and in a way sad at the same time. Don Tillman is a likeable, though socially inept, character who doesn’t fit in to most of society’s rules and expectations. In his words, ‘I am accustomed to creating amusement inadvertently.’ Don’s life start to change when he decides he wants to get married. In his usual ordered fashion he sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. His starts off with a quest...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
As far as my local book club selections go, this was a good one. Parts of this book were very charming. I loved the idea of this book and the very thorough execution. It was a cute, light read and quirkier than most chick lit books.

However, I had a few issues with it that prevented it from being 4 stars. Parts of the story dragged, especially in the middle. I thought that the concept of the "father project" and "wife project" got tired and the outcome was wholly predictable. I also wanted to ki...more
Jun 06, 2014 Grumpus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Darlene, David Rubenstein
The first thing that jumps out at me in this book is the narration by Dan O’Grady. As David Aaron Baker is to the Odd Thomas series and Davina Porter is to Claire Randall Frazier in the Outlander series, Dan O’Grady is Don Tillman here. Each of their performances in these books is fantastic, outstanding; there can be no other for these books, good. I mention the narration first because even before the story blooms, their efforts have already captivated me. There are few, if any, narrators I disl...more
The Rosie Project is a quirky and hilarious story told completely from the POV of a socially inept professor who was on his quest to find his life partner.

From the first sentence itself, this book captured my interest.

I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.

Don Tillman, 39, a genetic professor who, although was not determined, might just be the classic example of someone suffering from Asperger Syndrome or in layman generalization, an idiot savant. He had a strict schedule down to ever...more
"The Rosie Project" is a very humorous romance written from a male character's point of view. Australian Professor Don Tillman is off the charts in terms of intelligence, but has a hard time with personal interactions. He's not quick to pick up on verbal and facial social clues due to Asperger's. Most of the humor revolves around Don's inept behavior with women, but the genetics professor is also presented as an intelligent, handsome guy with a good social conscience. He decides to make a questi...more
Jenna  *Puddin Tame*

This is the image that I would normally have in my head of a typical Genetics Professor with a love of lobster...(I'm not the best artist, ha)

...but this isn't the case when it comes to Don Tillman.

For so long now, I have seen The Rosie Project everywhere, from various reading groups requesting it as a book of the month to the Kindle monthly deal. That alone sparked my interest, so I got my copy right away. I was definitely not disappointed.

I’ve started using a feature on my Kindle called Readin

Some of the reviews I have read have taken the author to task for writing this quickly and making it a comedy. Personally, I would like to commend him because I loved everything about this book. The protagonist (Don) was a well written version of Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory and I couldn't get enough of him.
Oct 26, 2013 Maggie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Paula Weston
Started off strongly (kids yelling, "Shoot the baby!") and ended predictably (I'll have a When Harry Met Sally reference for $200, Alex), with a ton of hilarious moments in between. Can't wait to see the movie version.
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Graeme C. Simsion is a New Zealand born Australian author, screen-writer, playwright and data modeller. He recently won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project.

Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling.
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