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Date finished: May 8, 2019

Rating: ★★★★

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

Simsion’s first foray into the world of fiction, The Rosie Project, is a fun, humorous, quick read that’s perfect for the beach.

Don Tillman, the novel’s protagonist, is a gifted professor who struggles with social cues and likely falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. He thinks about things very logically and literally, and, after several failed attempts at dating, puts together a Wife Project questionnaire in order to find his perfect match.

What ensues is, predictably, chaotic and hilarious, but leads him to Rosie all the same — a candidate whom Don finds beautiful and funny but nonetheless fails many key aspects of Don’s questionnaire and couldn’t possibly be the one for him… or could she?

The title and elements of the plot make this a fairly predictable read, but I had fun with it all the same. Don’s a memorable character that Simsion’s background makes him uniquely qualified to portray, and I’ll recommend him to those who enjoyed Me Before You but are looking for something a little more lighthearted and fun.

I was hoping to read the sequel to Don and Rosie’s story, The Rosie Effect, but skimming its reviews has discouraged me. The memorable magic the two shared in Simsion’s fictional debut was satisfying enough alone.

Photo courtesy @katjavanreede (Instagram)

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