Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Review - The Rosie Project

GoodReads Says: 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. Published 10/1/13

I know, I know. It's about time I read this book. It was the cover that threw me off; it looked like a mushy chick-lit type book. I'm all for fluffy reads, but I'm generally not in the mood for romance stories, especially mushy ones.

There was no mush, fluff, or chicks to be found in this book, friends.

I definitely oooh'd and awwwh'd (not words; bear with me) throughout this novel, but never once did I think "gratuitous PDA, much?" or "ugh. kiss already." If anything, I wanted the book to be longer. I was rooting for him (and Rosie), I was imagining what it would be like to be in a relationship with him, I was wondering at how well the story was written.

It was hilarious in a dry, intelligent, witty sort of humor. The protagonist was awkward, but not the kind of awkward that you cringe for him. I loved that fact that, though he's "different," there's no label put on him, and no "you deserve love, but..." story line. It's a love story without taking itself seriously. And yet, there were some topics brought up that begged for more thought.

The main character was just written so well....there are not enough good things for me to say about this book. I rented a copy from the library to read, but I will definitely be picking up a copy. I will likely re-read this book, and pick up another (I heard a rumor that there will be sequel!). : 

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