The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

3.5/5

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 has never been on a second date. When a friend tells him he’d be a great husband, he is honestly shocked. But he decides that he must put all his effort into finding the right woman. He comes up with a questionnaire and begins The Wife Project. He’s certain his perfect woman won’t smoke, drink, arrive late or be a barmaid. Yet, Rosie is all of those things. She’s on a quest of her own to find her biological father. Don, a genetics professor, decides to put his project on the back-burner to help Rosie with The Father Project.

This book was adorable and hilarious at times. I did have trouble connecting to Don at times, but I definitely feel like I understand him a lot better after finishing the whole book. I loved Rosie immediately, minus the smoking habit. The friendship and romantic relationship that develops between these two was so charming. I love how Don didn’t even realize he was falling in love.

His friendship with Gene was complicated at best. I didn’t really like Gene at all. He took advantage of Don’s good grace too many times for my liking. But Gene’s wife, Claudia, was amazing. I loved that Don was friends with both of them and would ask for advice from both of them. Claudia’s advice was usually better since she is a psychologist.

Overall, this was such a fun book even if I did have trouble connecting to Don.

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