Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.
Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you…
I listened to The Rosie Project as an audiobook from audible. I’m going to review the story, as well as the audiobook narration (which, spoiler alert – I loved!).
Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
When I listen to an audiobook, instead of reading a book, the story needs to hook me enough to continue listening. The narration also needs to be engaging. To begin with, I thought the narration was a bit too flat and monotone, but I soon learned that it matched the character perfectly – and I grew to love it.
I really liked the story – its simplicity, but also the craziness of some parts! Don, a geneticist who suffers with Asberger’s and OCD, wants a wife. The problem is, he wants a wife who won’t find his quirks and his precisely-planned routines an inconvenience. This leads him to start the “Wife Project”: a survey which asks women all sorts of questions, both banal and intrusive, in order to find him the perfect woman. This is when he meets Rosie (who straight away tells him that his survey is disgustingly sexist). There’s a catch – Rosie isn’t looking for love, but instead, she’s looking for her father. Rosie has no idea who her dad is, and they set out on the “Father Project”: a mission to find out Rosie’s paternity, secretly swabbing DNA samples from a huge list of potential fathers.
I loved Don and Rosie. They were both such different people, which made the dynamic between them interesting, to say to least. I really hoped that the story wouldn’t turn into one where a love interest comes along and “fixes” another character’s mental illness, but I was relieved to find out this wasn’t the case. Rosie showed him that he doesn’t need to be so uptight with his schedules, but all the same, it doesn’t matter if he does – because he doesn’t need to change for anyone. I loved seeing how their relationship progressed.
Don’s character was great, too. Although I don’t suffer with Asberger’s syndrome like Don, I found myself relating to so many things that he said and did. I saw a review recently in which they complained that the only people who find this book funny are those who “like to laugh at autistic people”. This is definitely not the case. I didn’t find myself laughing at him because of his Asberger’s; it was just some of the remarks he came out with that made me smile!
I only found out recently that there’s a second book in this series. I’ve seen a lot of negative feedback about it, but I’m going to reserve judgement. I really want the great narration again from Dan O’Grady (after listening to him read the first one, I don’t think the second one will be the same without it!) so I’m going to wait for my next Audible credit. I can’t wait!
You can buy a copy of The Rosie Project on Amazon*, listen to the great narration on Audible*, or read more about it on Goodreads. I’d definitely recommend it if you want something lighthearted and fun!
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