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Book Review Of The Week: The Rosie Project

First of all, the best thing about this book is that I got it for €1 from a charity store in Spain. €1, that's like 76p, SEVENTY SIX SMALL ONES. Brilliant.   Written by Graeme Simsion, The Rosie

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First of all, the best thing about this book is that I got it for €1 from a charity store in Spain. €1, that’s like 76p, SEVENTY SIX SMALL ONES. Brilliant.

 

Written by Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project is a romance novel about Don Tillman, a handsome 39-year-old geneticist, who is unlucky in love and has never had a second date. Being a scientist, Don puts together The Wife Project, a test which enables him to find the perfect partner. Cue Rosie, ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ and Don’s regimented life is turned upside down and into a spiral of unnerving and unusual emotions.

From opening the first page I was howling with laughter at the character of Don. Throughout the whole book, I couldn’t get Sheldon Cooper out of my head, the two characters are pretty much the same person, Don and Sheldon are scientists, have asperges but it’s never spoke about, are annoying but loveable and arrogant know-it-alls. Check, check, check, check. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has put the two together, and I feel like if there was ever going to be a movie, Jim Parsons is the guy.

Rosie Jarman, a beautiful yet crazy spirit, who couldn’t be more different to Don, somehow finds her life entwined with his. On a mission of her own, she needs Don’s help, and quite slowly she helps Don’s life in more ways than one too.

I actually finished the book in just one day as I simply couldn’t put it down, other than to get myself an other coffee. It’s warm, funny and literally had me laughing ’til my sides were aching and I had tears in my eyes (yes, I cry a lot when I’m laughing, it happens all the time). It had me agitated and excited, annoyed, like shouting-in-my-head-at-the-book-annoyed and all the feelings when you get caught up in something you really enjoy. Unlike most rom-com novels, The Rosie Project kept you guessing. With Don being such a predictable character set in his anal ways, and Rosie, the life and soul of the party, the fiery and intelligent barmaid, two completely opposing characters, you just never know what could happen between the two and it’s so exciting!

I can’t write too much without giving the story away, I’m known for going in to too much detail and ruining the plot for everyone, I’ve often heard “well, thanks Han, I won’t need to go see it/read it now” but I really want you to read this one. It’s moving and the moral of the story goes… that you don’t go looking for love, it finds its way to you… so sweet.

You too can pick it up for a bargain from Oxfam for £2.49, not quite the bargain I got, but it’s still pretty sound AND your coin will go to charity, win win.

hannah@theblackandwhiteedit.co.uk

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  • Susan Rowley 19th February 2016

    This book was recommended to me a couple of years ago. I’d forgotten about it, I’ll have to try to find it. Thanks for reminding me.

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