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This book is perfectly fine, but it did make me wish for more books written by autistic authors.
I read this for a second time. It was a light-hearted choice by our book club host for this month. The book is about pure entertainment alone, generating smiles at the expense of socially inept Asperger characteristics. I could never ‘believe’ in a story like this because Asperger qualities and habits do not do an about-face as if they’re mere peculiarities. But fun to read.
This is a thoroughly delightful book! I found the characters quite lovable...Don, who is likely “on the spectrum,” is heartbreakingly sincere, and Rosie is as honest as she is flawed. The book is a lovely, if not altogether graceful, dance between the main characters. I was delighted to discover there are subsequent books following this one!
Such an interesting story for the nerds and who likes to date a nerd.
There are many "raw diamonds" around us. Just give them the chance, smooth them a bit, and you can't imagine how bright they will be shining.
This book is very entertaining especially written from the perspective of the main character, Don Tillman, who sees the world from a different country perspective because his brain is “wire differently”. I very much enjoy this book even though I’m not usually into this genre. So far this book an The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang are added to my favorite books list.
Not quite what I thought it would be. The “humor” seems mainly to be laughing at how someone with autism spectrum and compulsive behaviors doesn’t fit in. Don’t know why I liked this less than Big Bang Theory, which can deal with similar situations.
That being said, I rated this above average because I liked that the story came from the perspective of the “different” character. I wish that the character of Rosie was more fully developed here because I think you learn lots about Don but not as much about Rosie. Also wish that there had been at least some academics portrayed in a positive light.
Enjoyable light reading. This is an extreme perspective on dating and social awkwardness with several parallels to the adolescent Netflix series Atypical and reminds me a bit of Daniel Tammet's 2006 non-fiction memoir "Born On A Blue Day". It is always intriguing to encounter anyone with a very different way of thinking, albeit fictional in this case. I recall working as a substitute teacher 25 years ago and struggling to help an adult student who could not grasp the concept of negative numbers, which had seemed so intuitive to me before that. I'm glad I signed out the book at the same time as the audio book because I only listened to the first cd driving to/from work before reading the rest myself that evening instead of waiting for the next day's drive.
A quick and easy read. This book, like Don himself, needs a bit of patience to appreciate. No release date for the movie at this time, but I think it would be a fun flick. A bit predictable, and more than once you may want the characters to just talk directly to each other, but what's a book without a little conflict?
For those who thought my comment on Binge was a downer, this book was the first of the books we read in an attempt to bring in some humor after several heavier books and novels. Simsion wrote the first draft before The Big Bang Theory premiered, but didn't turn it into a novel until 2013. A geneticist and socially awkward guy who has always desired a partner and a family embarks on a rational search for such a life. This has been a fun read and we have had to limit our reading sessions because we laughed so much (not to mention that I get hoarse).
Very enjoyable read. Don has decided he needs a partner & designs a questionnaire for women to fill out, thus skipping all the clumsy inept mistakes he always commits in those dating situations. Meanwhile Rosie turns up in his life needing help with a project of her own.
So that's the outline but with in that story is humor, a growing up, deep insight & reforming. The last word in the book is incredible & that's what it is....incredible.
It's a book for nearly everyone.
If I hadn't had to make dinner, I would have read this cover to cover in one sitting. I got swept up in Don's project--ridiculous project of course, but fascinating to anyone who has ever dated--the got pretty excited about Rosie's DNA project. Then I got really invested in Gene and Claudia's marriage. I'd call this a love story/mystery (thankfully without graphic sex scenes) but it is far more than that. You'll just have to read it to discover all the levels it will touch your heart. It was just 295 pages that flew by.
If you like it also try
The Bride Test
(The Kiss Quotient #2)
by Helen Hoang
As good as everyone says. An easy and fun read but insightful and moving as well. Highly recommend it.
This book is near perfection! Loved everything but Rosie's too-potty mouth.
I read it quickly because I liked it so much. Recently I read another novel that centered on an autistic young man. Don is intelligent and has everything well organized. He wants to find a woman to live with for life but finds his quirkiness a problem. Humorous . Would be fun for bookclub.
This book was a relaxing joy to read! I will be thinking of the "projects" w/ Don Tillman and Rosie for a long time. So fun to see people learn and grow together!
This was a great book exploring how the age old question, can opposites fall in love? Don is a brilliant scientist, but autistic and socially inept. Reminds me a bit of the tv show 'The Good Doctor.' Don sets out to find a wife who meets his exact criteria. Each candidate must complete a complicated questionaire to be in the running. But all candidates fail. Instead, Don ends up meeting Rosie, a bartender, who fails even the beginning questions. Definitely not a match, and yet.......? Witty, believable characters who learn to adjust and accept each other, while impacting others around them. Enjoyable reading.
I like funny books but don’t find many. Some reviewers found this book hilarious or laugh-out-loud funny. No, but it’s consistently amusing.
Don is brilliant, self-aware, socially awkward, and has two friends. He decides that he wants a wife, so, of course, he creates a questionnaire to find the one. But he ends up with Rosie, who is not even close. They end up meeting for various reasons and begin to become close. There are some priceless scenes: The Jacket Incident, mixing and serving drinks at a class reunion, and dancing at the department ball.
Read this book.
Don is a quirky guy. He knows he doesn't fit in with everyone else but he finds that his logical way of thinking creates efficiency in his life and he enjoys his routine. He does find interpersonal relationships challenging but he counts himself lucky to have a few friends - like his colleague Gene. With Gene's encouragement, Don begins a quest for love - or in his terms for a "life partner". He thus designs a questionnaire for prospective candidates and so the "wife project" is born. Don has a hard time finding females who match all his specifications, but it is when he meets a graduate student sent over to his office by Gene that things really start to get interesting. Rosie seems totally unsuitable as a wife project candidate - she smokes, rarely exercises and is highly unorganized. And yet as Don gets to know her he finds himself drawn to her strong personality and intrigued by her quest to find out who her biological father is.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Don is such a unique character. Even though he is highly logical, his observations are often very witty. He also tends to find himself misunderstanding the social cues of others--which often leads to unusual and comedic episodes that make this book highly entertaining. Since the reader is in Don's mind his actions seem perfectly logical, but it is also easy to see how the average person misunderstands his intent or tendency to take things literally (such as when he attempts to wear his expensive biking jacket to a formal restaurant. Yes, he did read the dress code they had posted, which said jackets were required for men, what's the problem?). And for anyone who likes a bit of romance, it's intriguing to see how the relationship between Don and Rosie develops and of course you are rooting for them to make it despite the many obstacles. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy unique characters and seeing the world from a different perspective
Loved this book. Funny and deep at the same time. The narrator is a genetics professor who is symptomatic of autism, and is reasonably self-aware, but doesn't recognize himself under that label. The book is so wise - there's never an aha moment where he "gets it." He just learns to understand himself better and better. Awesome love story.