Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is about Don, a professor of genetics, who is socially awkward and limited in his circle of friends. He likes things as they are, but he has decided that it is time to get married. He starts a project, with a questionnaire for the potential candidates. Then Rosie comes onto the scene. She is wondering who her real father is, and wants Don’s help. They start the Father Project together – DNA testing possible candidates. Rosie is as far from the right replies to the questionnaire as possible.

For the first half of the book, I wasn’t really sure if I liked it. It read like Big Bang theory alternate universe fan fiction – with the names and certain other aspects changed. When I read, I imagined Sheldon Cooper, and for Don’s apartment – the apartment from the show.

I am also not a huge fan of first person point of view; it takes a bit more time to get into.

And then it picked up, and came into its own. Where I had to take breaks from it in the beginning – I read the second half in one go. It was definitely worth reading for the ending alone, and I suspect the last part might be a candidate for frequent rereading.

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