Thumbs up for Rosie Project

The Rosie Project was enjoyed by most members of the book club.

Admittedly, it did take a few chapters to become familiar with the main character, Don Tillman, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, the novel being written in the first person by him.

However, once the reader became fluent with the nuances of Don, the story and indeed his own character, was quite humorous.

Don, a professor of genetics, is looking for a wife, and sets out to meet his future partner via a detailed survey, coining this activity – The Wife Project.

Along the way he encounters, Rosie, who finds his quirkiness bearable, attractive even.

However, Rosie is on her own personal quest, to find the identity of her biological father.

Don takes it upon himself, interrupting his meticulous routines, to assist Rosie in the plight of solving the mystery of her parentage, which he calls The Father Project.

Don and Rosie, although inexplicably attracted to each other, deny any possibility of a suitable match with one another, which is what makes their friendship, and the course of the narrative, comfortable and awkward at the same time.

An easy read that provides many little laughs, whilst at the same time offers an insight into the world of Aspergers.

If you are a fan of Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory, you are sure to enjoy Don Tillman. The story is set for adaptation to the big screen, so if you’re not keen on reading the novel, keep an eye out for the movie.

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