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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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Actual rating : 3.5 stars

From the moment I finished it I knew I had one critical task to perform : To review this project book.



Although the timing is particularly annoying, I realized that the several options I faced made my choice incredibly clear.

Not reviewing this book, resulting in damage to this book's fame, which would be appalling due to the fact that it's fucking awesome.

Rescheduling this review to another time, resulting in loss of memories and leading to a probable abandonment of the task in the long term.

Reviewing this book, resulting in loss of time to read others books, including Stolen Songbird which I already started (with good vibes), fact that increased my eagerness to resume it.

After a prompt analyze of this data, I take the decision to write this review which will be as evidence-based as possible, that is to say, close to none. ← Please refer to option #3 to understand why.

Subject 1 : Don, narrator.
Gender : Male
Age : 39
Appearance : Average, but the presence of a six-pack due to extreme Aikido training deserves to be mentioned. The clothing is practical, highly influenced by a) the weather, b) that's about it. Please don't talk about jacket if your meaning is limited to "conventional jacket", otherwise you would have to face an hilarious misunderstanding. Now that I think about it, please mislead us, that's too deliciously funny to forget.

"But why, why, why can't people just say what they mean?"

Relationship status : After realizing that many women didn't get his over-organized way of living, Don decided to start the Wife Project, following the batshit crazy idea where women have to apply to a questionnaire - I KNOW!! - to decipher if a relationship would be sustainable.

Sub-mentioned project will lead to :

a) Awkward and head-desk situations which still always remain smile-inducing and never maddening (it seems important to mention because the Wife Project can appear to objectify women (it does - but that's clear from the beginning that Don is wrong). Well, you'll probably be annoyed by him at some point, but don't worry, subject 2 is coming.

b) As previously mentioned, hilarious misunderstandings.

"I turned to see him - he was large and angry. In order to prevent further violence, I was forced to sit on him.
'Get the fuck off me. I'll fucking kill you,' he said.
On that basis, it seemed illogical to grant his request."

c) Adorable and swoon-worthy scenes from the moment subject 2 is introduced. Yes, because there is EVOLUTION in Don's character. I know, big word, right? Exciting.

Subject 2 : Rosie, troublemaker.
Gender : Female

Oh, FUCK THAT. I'm not a scientist by any means. You want to know who Rosie is?

Let me tell you : she's an utterly likeable female lead who's going to bring the unexpected in Don's life, shatter his (numerous) believes and stereotypes, and make you love her in the process. Smart, strong-minded, sarcastic, sure of her value as a person, the madness she personifies stirs up the winds of freedom in Don's life and damn, I enjoyed that something fierce. Note that by madness I mean "not as overly strict as Don", so her description can be applied to any woman who doesn't want to be imprisoned in an artificial straightjacket, and loathes that some guys think that women are only good to cook and fuck. I say yes to this.

Controversies : The Butterfly Problem.
At this point you might wonder why I'm only giving it 3.5 stars. The fact is, as awesome as I found the idea and the execution of it, I felt underwhelmed at times. In a word, it lacked feels for me. As it is, I'm able to point that's The Rosie Project is an original and cute read, but the butterflies were too rare, even if they were here for sure (note that several scenes will make you Awww out loud). What can I say? I need my shoot at butterflies. However, I can't deny that the character of Don, the fact that's his POV, drives this lack of feels so maybe that's the point, you know? That's why I rounded up my rating to a 4.

Results : Why should you read this book?
Because The Rosie Project is a tale of metamorphose, by the acceptance of others for who they truly are and the acceptance of who WE are. Can I say? For all his awkwardness, and surely because of it, Don is an adorable and heartbreaking character whose desire to fit in moved me - because the world we're living in doesn't always accept differences and that's a shame in my opinion. A fucking huge one.

In a word? Such an originally written cute romance.

"I asked you here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

[ Last edited : June 2016 ]

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Reading Progress

March 16, 2015 – Started Reading
March 16, 2015 – Shelved
March 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Marga (new) - added it

Marga Brilliant review, Anna! This sounds so fun despite of it's shortcomings on the butterflies but maybe that's just the way Don is. This seems like the kind of book I will enjoy. :)


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Marga wrote: "Brilliant review, Anna! This sounds so fun despite of it's shortcomings on the butterflies but maybe that's just the way Don is. This seems like the kind of book I will enjoy. :)"

Aww thank you Marga!! Yes, it's really fun and original and I'm pretty sure that's Don's personality indeed. I hope you'll like it if you try it :))


message 3: by -ya (new)

-ya This book has been on my radar for a while and your review just help me move this one to my top-tbr. Great review, Anna:D


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Ya~~ wrote: "This book has been on my radar for a while and your review just help me move this one to my top-tbr. Great review, Anna:D"

Thank you so much Ya! Ha, I can't wait to see what you think! That's so rare to read a chick-lit book written by a guy :D :D


Toni Haha meanwhile I still have to review this. How do you review so fast?
Awesome Review! Glad you liked it.


Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ Aww Anna your reviews are adorable :)) I'm going to read the synopsis now ha. I need to see what this is about...Oh, annnddd-

Love ya! <3


message 7: by Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (last edited Mar 19, 2015 08:42AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Anna wrote: "Haha meanwhile I still have to review this. How do you review so fast?
Awesome Review! Glad you liked it."


Thank youuu <3 Oh, I really enjoyed reading this one :D I don't know lmao, when i get an idea I just can't stop myself writing it :D


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ wrote: "Aww Anna your reviews are adorable :)) I'm going to read the synopsis now ha. I need to see what this is about...Oh, annnddd-

Love ya! <3"


Aww thank youuuuu so much Chelsea ♥ YOU are adorable!Oh, yes, go read the blurb :D Love you tooo <3


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Jenniferღ This review was so fun! ❤️ Going to have to check this book out!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Jennifer wrote: "This review was so fun! ❤️ Going to have to check this book out!"

Thank you Jennifer!! Oh YES, check this out!!


David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party "Rescheduling this review to another time, resulting in loss of memories and leading to a probable abandonment of the task in the long term."
*ahem*
I can attest that your hypothesis is quite correct...I've posted several reviews that say "FULL REVIEW TO COME", that I later abandoned due to not having the book fresh in my memory any more. I blame my job! A promotion a few months ago led to my having more money to spend on books, but less time to read and review them... :(

Incroyable review, Alienor!


Vicky This review is so awesome! I loved how this book treated the subjects of prejudices and acceptance of others. Also, Don rocks!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party" wrote: ""Rescheduling this review to another time, resulting in loss of memories and leading to a probable abandonment of the task in the long term."
*ahem* I can attest that your hypothesis is quite corr..."


RIGHT? I just know that my RTC won't never be remplaced by full reviews... When I read another book that's too late >.< I understand completely for your job, I do work a lot at home for my class but now that I do that for several years I'm waaaay more organized (and I don't sleep much, and I have a BF really understanding :D)

Thank you so much David!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ V!cky wrote: "This review is so awesome! I loved how this book treated the subjects of prejudices and acceptance of others. Also, Don rocks!"

Oh thank you Vicky :) You're so right, this book handles these issues very well and in a funny but not superficial way :) And YES, Don rocks :D


Aj the Ravenous Reader Fantastic review!!!!^^


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Fantastic review!!!!^^"

Thank youuu Aj!


Aj the Ravenous Reader Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠ wrote: "Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Fantastic review!!!!^^"

Thank youuu Aj!"


It's my pleasure. I enjoy reading your reviews especially the way you lay out the text and your image choices. It shows mastery and dedication. *Applause!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠ wrote: "Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Fantastic review!!!!^^"

Thank youuu Aj!"

It's my pleasure. I enjoy reading your reviews especially the way you lay..."


Awwww <3 I'm SO blushing right now. Thank you so much!


Aj the Ravenous Reader Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠ wrote: "."Awwww <3 I'm SO blushing right now. Thank you so much!

Lol. Keep up the good work.^^


Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ Sensational review, Anna!


message 21: by Kathe (new)

Kathe L Fantastic review, Anna! Seriously, I want to read this book now haha it seems so different! And I loved, loved, loved the quotes :)


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Jen wrote: "Sensational review, Anna!"

Thank you Jen ♥


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Kathe wrote: "Fantastic review, Anna! Seriously, I want to read this book now haha it seems so different! And I loved, loved, loved the quotes :)"

Thank youu Kathe ♥ Yes it really is different! Haha I can't wait to see what you think if you try it :)


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Paige  Bookdragon this is hilarious!


Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ Amazing review. This book was quite original for sure


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ LaylaNoir wrote: "Amazing review. This book was quite original for sure"

Thank you!! It really was :D


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Paige wrote: "this is hilarious!"

Why didn't I see that earlier?! Oh well. Thank you Paige!


message 28: by P (new) - added it

P Great review, Anna ! Should give it a try then :)


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Birchsilver wrote: "Sounds like an O.K. book!
Awesome review, Anna! ^·^"


Yes! It was pretty good :) Thank you!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ P wrote: "Great review, Anna ! Should give it a try then :)"

Thank you!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Em ◆ Death Incarnate's ◆ wrote: "I attest to the fact that science is quite facilitative. Who thought you can find a partner through science! Def joining my long list of books I must read before I go insane. Love this review! :)"

Thank you Em! It was a good surprise for me because I didn't expect to like it :D


Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ OMG Anna, I can't decide on which is better- the book or this review. Ok, the review it is! ♥♥♥♥


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Aadivah Awesome review! I'm about to go hunt down a copy of this like right now.


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Adita ✨The Relentless Insomniac✨ wrote: "OMG Anna, I can't decide on which is better- the book or this review. Ok, the review it is! ♥♥♥♥"

Thank you Adita for this adorable comment <3


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Aadivah wrote: "Awesome review! I'm about to go hunt down a copy of this like right now."

Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy it :)


Rachel Reads Ravenously I've been curious about this one! Will bump it up the mental tbr. Great review friend!


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Thank you Rachel!! It was really different from what I'm used to, and for that I was grateful :D I hope you'll enjoy it as well!


Ayesha After seeing this review last night, I did some experiments of my own. How many pages I can read of The Rosie project before starting to study for my Chemistry exam...
I read the whole book and it's all your fault. X_x
Because I'm possibly failing the exam. ^^


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Ayesha wrote: "After seeing this review last night, I did some experiments of my own. How many pages I can read of The Rosie project before starting to study for my Chemistry exam...
I read the whole book and it'..."


Hahaha I'm sorry? :D Don is pretty adorable, right? Now, go study your chemistry!!! :P


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