Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

Goodreads Summary 
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 rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Thoughts
This was a laugh out loud kind of read. Don Tillman is an extremely intelligent man with some serious social deficiencies. This, of course, makes for some hilarious situations.

When Don decides that he wants to find a life partner it becomes glaringly obvious that there will be some problems along the way. When he meets Rosie it becomes clear that she is going to turn his life upside-down...and she does. These two could not be more different, but that's what made this book so enjoyable. They were both likable enough in their own right, but together they were perfectly imperfect. Their relationships is comparable to if Sheldon dated Penny from The Big Bang Theory. Realistically it shouldn't work, and in reality it probably wouldn't, but so what.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I think everyone will enjoy.  

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