The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Book - 2013 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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Don Tillman, a profesor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476729084
1476729085
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1476729093
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Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm

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Don Tillman starts the Wife Project with a sixteen page questionnaire to find "the one" for him. His perfect match will not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker or late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things and is working on finding her biological father. She finds Don, a professor ... Read More »


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rixonkj
Sep 04, 2020

This book is perfectly fine, but it did make me wish for more books written by autistic authors.

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sgcf
May 31, 2020

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.

LPL_JillM Apr 20, 2020

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!

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hutieu
Jan 18, 2020

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.

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Bklvr1981
Jan 03, 2020

Started a little slow, but I ended up really enjoying it.

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kiml00
Jan 02, 2020

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.

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RhinoGirl
Dec 21, 2019

Goodreads Bill Gates likes series.

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humbleworm
Dec 19, 2019

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.

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ugot2begood
Nov 12, 2019

I can not remember when I last enjoyed a book so thoroughly!

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navdamme
Jul 25, 2017

"'Do you find me attractive?'...'I haven't really noticed', I told the most beautiful woman in the world."

SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem."

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CrochetCat374
Jun 03, 2015

"…it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept but to find someone who might accept me."

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salsaladybug
Jul 16, 2014

Very enjoyable and hilarious reading!

siammarino Dec 31, 2013

Professor Don Tillman initiates the Wife Project to find himself a compatible partner, and he ends up with Rosie, who he had ruled out as patently unsuitable. Author Graeme Simsion, an Australian, teaches us many things: love can make you do irrational things, and you don't find love-it finds you. He also illustrated the Bible lesson, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Loved this quirky book.

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