Published: 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Read: April 2013
Trivia Tidbit: Sony Pictures has optioned the screen rights to The Rosie Project
Don Tillman is a Professor of Genetics who is talented in his field but finds relationships difficult. The intricacies of social interaction elude him, but he approaches the perceived void in his life (lack of a wife) scientifically and prepares a questionnaire for prospective dates and life partners. Hijinks ensue.
I think my expectations were for another sort of story altogether. I think I was looking for an adult version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, but essentially what I got was a love story between two socially awkward people.
This is a story the reader can easily imagine on the big screen. So it comes as no surprise that Graeme Simsion originally wrote this as a screenplay before adapting it into a book, and that Sony Pictures have since optioned the film rights.
The Rosie Project is a nice book and an easy read. There are some great one-liners in it. But it boils down to being a love story, and I was hoping for something a little less chick-flick-esque. Don Tillman is a lovely, quirky man, who deserves to be more than a punchline.