Here's the scientific blurby-blurb!
"An international sensation, 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 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. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realisation that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges."
This is quite a popular book, having won many awards and received national recognition, so if you're interested in reading this book for yourself, do that FIRST and then come back and we can discuss/compare our thoughts on it :) There are, always have, and will be spoilers in my reviews! <3
I actually picked this book up in an OP shop, so it was only about $4 compared to the $30 it is in Dymocks <3 I love hidden treasures to match my cheapness and poorness! I had heard only good things about it for months, especially when the author Graeme Simsion came to do autographs at the Dymocks that I frequent and the line was leading outside the store. I was intrigued, but I guess for $30 I really wasn't sure if it was worth it. I had to be convince...
$4 convinced me to get the book.
The cover is one that stands out from the rest in a shelf because it's nearly bright neon orange. It isn't hard for you to go, 'Oh, there's The Rosie Project' and to point it out amidst all the other book covers that are the usual blues, whites, or certain models posing on it. It accurately portrays Don, and is something cute and simple. It's eye catching, though in my personal opinion the wrong reason because the orange just overwhelms the senses of oh there's a guy on the cover too with flowers.
The blurb is so so long. It's a big book (Bigger than, let's say, The Fault In Our Stars) so obviously that means there is more space for more of a blurb, but it's so long that I kind of figured that I've read the entire story through just the blurb. It's effort, that's what that is.
Cover: 6.5 out of 10
Blurb: 4.5 out of 10
It was basically covered in the Blurb. That's everything that happens. It's not even subtle about it.
Now, seeing that I don't remember too much of it except how I felt concerning a few of the characters, that's all I can really rant about.
Starting with Don, I don't get how everyone can say that they like him or found him funny or intriguing. I found him so obnoxious and I almost didn't finish the book because I found it really hard to read a book where I didn't like the Protagonist AT ALL. He was basically Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, which I can't stand that show or the stereotypical characters in the show. Rosie was much more tolerable, and quite interesting, but still at the same time I wasn't able to place why I just didn't connect with these two characters or like them. I found them quite up themselves and just frankly believing they were 100x better than everyone else, and that made them unrelatable to me. Don is a lot like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, and it just kind of grated on me for the entire book. Especially since his dialogue can drag on and on about random topics that nobody cares about or are related to the story in any way. Some people will like him, and that's fine, but it was a drag on for me.
I just couldn't get into it. I really tried, and I even finished it but it didn't stay with me. I barely remember it now. I'm sure more adults would enjoy this type of plot/writing/characters, like 30+.
I'm rating this book a 4.5 out of 10
Sorry guys, I will not be reading the sequel </3
“But why, why, why can't people just say what they mean?”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project