The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Book - 2013
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Don Tillman sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. His starts off with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along, especially once he meets Rosie. Rosie 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. Of course it helps that he is a Professor of Genetics so know a things or two about DNA and how to obtain it.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781443422666
Characteristics: 329 p


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SPL_Brittany Jul 14, 2017

Read this title before "Rosie Effect"

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Nov 12, 2019

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

Nov 11, 2019

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?
Enjoyable read.

Nov 09, 2019

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).

Nov 05, 2019

Couldn't finish. I found the author didn't capture my attention at all.

Oct 26, 2019

Very enjoyable read. Don has decided he needs a partner & designs a questionnaire for women to full 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 is....incredible.
It's a book for nearly everyone.

Oct 24, 2019

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

Sep 24, 2019

As good as everyone says. An easy and fun read but insightful and moving as well. Highly recommend it.

Sep 19, 2019

This is SUCH a heart-warming book, with loads of laugh-out-loud moments.

Sep 02, 2019

This book is near perfection! Loved everything but Rosie's too-potty mouth.

Aug 30, 2019

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.

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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."

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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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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