If you’re looking for the ultimate feel-good novel (and you haven’t already read it, naturally), this is the one for you: Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (link to the English version). I honestly don’t want to leave the house anymore, but snuggle up on the couch and immerse myself in the world of Don Tillman. And this time I don’t blame the weather!
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious romantic comedy about Don Tillman, an oddly endearing professor of genetics who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Don is socially challenged, if not to say autistic. He lives a life of total order, his days are planned to the exact minute. He has never been on a second date and counts a total of two people among his circle of friends. When his neighbour informs him that he would make a “wonderful husband”, he embarks on an unusual quest: The Wife Project. To find the perfect partner, Don designs a detailed questionnaire to filter out unsuitable candidates, namely women that are unpunctual, overweight, vegetarian, drink or smoke.
And then along comes Rosie: a barmaid, smoker, drinker and late-arriver, hence totally unsuitable for Don. But Rosie is also on her own quest: she wants to find her biological father and Don as DNA expert might be able to help her. So Don’s Wife Project takes a turn for the Father Project. An unlikely relationship blooms and forces Don to confront the spontaneous life and to realize that love is more than what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project makes me laugh out loudly and leaves me with a giant smile plastered to my face. I seriously can’t wait to start reading the sequel The Rosie Effect and I’m certain it’s just as good as The Rosie Project!