- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 21 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443422665
- ISBN-13: 978-1443422666
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 457 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rosie Project Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 21 2013
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“A funny and profound book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. . . . It is one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read in a long time.” (Bill Gates)
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Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Warm-hearted and perfectly pitched, with profound themes that are worn lightly, this very enjoyable read promises to put Don Tillman on the comic literary map somewhere between Mr Pooter and Adrian Mole.” (The Guardian)
“One of the year’s most promising and original novelists.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two. . . . This novel is perfectly timed.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Polished debut fiction. . . . Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn’t this well written. . . . A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
About the Author
GRAEME SIMSION is the author of the #1 bestseller The Rosie Project, which has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and won the Australian Book Industry Association Book of the Year. The Rosie Effect was also a #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, an instant New York Times bestseller and a People magazine Pick of the Week. Simsion lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children. Follow him on Twitter @GraemeSimsion.
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This is an incredibly astute book that demonstrates the quirkiness and sensitivity needed to deal with such a confusing situation.
Besides the professor, you will enjoy meeting Rosie and his other friends Gene and Claudia. And what is really fun is seeing them through Tillman's eyes. The book is hilarious at times, heart wrenching occasionally and always thoroughly entertaining. I've already put Graeme Simsion;s next book, The Rosie Effect, on my wishlist. I bet you will too.
It's your classic case of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back but that is an overwhelming simplification of this story. Complication number one, Don is a very high functioning autistic. This means he is highly intelligent, highly logical but socially awkward. Complication number two, Rosie has daddy/trust issues that have carried on into her adult years.
Don has decided that it's time he found a wife and with his less than great history of dating plus his requirements in a future mate, the best way to find someone is via a questionnaire. He puts his highly logical plan in motion posting the questionnaire online and printing out paper copies to maximize the amount of completed questionnaires. Shortly after, Rosie gets sent to his office by his friend and Don assumes Rosie has been successful in the test so he immediately asks her out. I'm going to stop here because I don't want to ruin it on you.
If you read this book as I'm sure it was intended - a fun read with real romance and likeable characters, not a case study in the inner workings of the minds of those with Aspergers - I'm sure you'll like it.
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