Book Club: The Rosie Project

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Hello Lovelies!

Yet another month has flown by, it’s almost the end of the month. And you know what that means! Yes, indeed, a brand new book review!

Welcome to Book Club!

This week I’ll be reviewing The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 by Graeme Simsion!

Little introduction

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.
(From Goodreads)

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Style and Setting

I found this book by accident actually, which is quite fitting with the theme of the book. My dad bought it for my sister, but she isn’t really for the romcom genre. And honestly I didn’t think I would like it very much either. But just like Don accidently found Rosie, I happen to stumble upon The Rosie Project.

It’s, in my opinion, a stand-out-story, I never read anything like this. It was quick, fun, upbeat. I think it has a really original approach to how people find love and the social expectations around it.

The story is set in England, mainly on a university campus. Yes that’s right, it’s not a YA fiction for a change! This gives the whole book a more ‘permanent’ feel, because there is obviously a difference between a 16 year old’s first love and a 40 year old university professor’s view on love and romance.

I thoughts the characters are well worked out, a good mix of stereotype and originality. The only way I can think of to give you an idea of how the characters Don and Rosie interacts is this: If Sheldon would hang out with Penny (of the Big Bang Theorie).

The characters are completely opposite of each other, which makes their interaction hilarious!

Events and Plot

Like I said earlier it’s a quick novel. The events develop quickly., there is no dwelling on particular scenes. There is a lot happening, yet everything is logical and easy to follow. If you read the story you’ll see the events are described in a very factual way, like Don himself. But it’s not in a way that it slows your reading or makes the story boring. Not at all, these particular descriptions with these characters makes it rather funny.

Was this story predictable? I definitely saw things coming, like in every other book. And there are plot twists, but not is the way you have to change your whole view on the book.

But when the plot, more specific, one plot line arrived, I must say it was out of the blue. I hadn’t seen it coming, but also didn’t really like (or get?) the logic behind it. (if you read the book, I think you’ll know what I’m getting at, don’t wanna spoil anything).

However even though the whole story of events when rather fast, the ending was harsh. All of a sudden it’s done. Everything is fired onto you is a few pages that it was hard to process what was happening and why.

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Did I enjoy it?

Yes, I did like it! The character were fun to follow around. The writing style was quick and straight forwards, which not always a positive thing. But in the context of the whole concept it fits.

Although the ending had a ‘crammed as much information into 2 chapters’ kinda vibe, but overall nice ending.

Therefore I gave this book a 5 star rating on Goodreads! It was such a light, yet fascinating story.

What did I learn from the book?
Love comes in unexpected ways, at inconvenient times. Just roll with it

Will I read the next book The Rosie Effect: Don Tillman 2?
All things considered I’m not sure. I really like the first one. And I’m sure the seconds will be just as fun to read. But for me the storyline is complete.

I do recommend the book! I think this will be a great fit for the ‘New Adults’ (Is that the term? Not really sure. With this I mean 20 somethings) and fans of Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory.

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Have you read the book? What did you think?
Did you like the review, let me know!

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Thank you for reading, and I’ll read you next week!



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