Meet Don Tillman: "I am thirty-nine years old, tall, fit, and intelligent, with a relatively high status and above-average income as an associate professor of genetics...In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing." He is analytical, logical and often doesn't respond to others with the expected social response. He lives with a rigid time-maximizing schedule, even creating a Standardized Meal System, which means eating the same seven dishes in the same rotation each week to cut down on cooking and shopping time.
He has two friends, Gene (a fellow professor) and his wife, Claudia. Both spend a lot of time advising him on relationships and sometimes set him up on dates. The problem, is that his lack of social skills ruins things every time; he doesn't even realize women are flirting with him. Then he decides to come up with a questionnaire to scientifically find his ideal mate and quickly filter out unsuitable candidates (drinkers, smokers, late arrivers). This is the beginning of the Wife Project. Of course, things don't go as planned and while struggling to meet 'the one' he runs into Rosie. She smokes, she drinks (sometimes, a lot), dresses flamboyantly and can be irrational. She is also fiery and quite intelligent, so when she tells Don she doesn't know who her biological father is, his geneticist curiosity drives him to help her find out the truth.
Next thing Don knows, his carefully scheduled life is flipped upside down as he embarks on The Rosie Project and tries to assimilate to Rosie's carefree and spontaneous ways. Can he admit he kind of likes this person? Nope. At least, not right away and not easily.
The Rosie Project is a poignant, funny novel that is a breeze and delight to read. You will root for Don and Rosie and may be reminded of the protagonist from Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as well as The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon and Penny.
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