The Rosie Project Book Review

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The Rosie Project Book Review

For my my first book review, I have chosen the very best book I have read so far this year-The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of this book even though it is an international best seller. A close friend and fellow connoisseur of reading called me enthusiastically singing its praises and, as with most things, Paula was right.

At once funny, tender, poignant and moving, The Rosie Project delivers it all. Writer Kristin Hannah was right when she said The Rosie Project is the “best, honestly told love story” around. Protagonist and narrator Don Tillman is a “socially challenged” professor of genetics. If you know anyone with Aspergers, you will smile at the heroic efforts of Don Tillman in his quest to find his mate. His scientific mind constructs the guidelines of The Wife Project and he sets off with a survey to find someone compatible with him. What he finds instead, is Rosie.

I have to stop myself before I give anything away, but I will just say, if you read one book this month, try this one. Simsion writes with great insight about the Aspergers mind and his humor is never deprecating. He reminds us that people with Aspergers may struggle with emotional expression and affection, but that does not mean they do not want what all of us want- to love and be loved in return.

Don Tillman is a hero for the ages.

Give a shout out if you’ve read it, or offer another suggestion.


The Rosie Project is written by Graeme Simsion and can be purchased at

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  • Paula

    I loved your book review, especially the part about Paula being right about most things! This was definitely one of my favorite book. So witty and fun! I loved Don and his relationship with Rosie. One of my favorite lines was: “Humans often fail to see what is close to them and obvious to others.”

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