Mini Review: The Rosie Project

Everyone else seemed to really enjoy The Rosie Project, but I found it kind of... meh. | A book review by

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper. (Summary via

Okay. I know a lot of people who found this book to be sweet and charming and fun. I found it… just okay. Don has Asperger’s, which is never really discussed, and because it isn’t discussed, Don starts out as a really irritating character. He lives his life by a strict routine and takes everything that others say literally–things that make sense when you understand Asperger’s syndrome, but since it’s never explicitly stated, Don comes off as very selfish, rude, and unbending. I did enjoy watching him grow as a person as Rosie infiltrates his life. Don becomes more flexible, straying from his routines and meeting new people. Still, I wish his Asperger’s would be openly discussed and dealt with in the book, rather than being skirted around the whole time.

I also wish the romance and the solution to the mystery of Rosie’s father hadn’t been so fast paced. The wrap up of the book was very tidy, which is not normally a problem for me, but it didn’t feel like the characters had earned that easy ending.

On the whole, I liked the idea of this book, but I don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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