The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman Series, Book 1

eBook - 2013
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Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).
Publisher: 2013
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2474 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781476729107

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A scientist, who is vaguely aware that he cannot read social cues, designs a scientific method for finding his perfect mate. Miscommunications abound! Gradually, you'll see Don develop a greater understanding of social interactions and emotional attachment in this sweet, funny book. The sequel, T... Read More »


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I forgot the last time I read a book and laughed so much. The Rosie Project sure made me smile and chuckle more than a few times. The main character, Don Tillman, has an Asperger’s syndrome – a condition that is pretty much permanent in one’s life and clearly not a laughable matter. However, once you meet Don and get to know his way of thinking and his approach to life, you begin to ease a little and think- things are not that bad for Don, actually he seems like he figured out life better than most people. Don adores order, rules, predictability and it’s easy to label him as rigid and control-loving. But, he is also a nice, smart, talented, kind, and caring person.

Fun begins when Don decides to seriously look into his “Wife Problem” (he is in his late 30s and single) and this is how the “Wife Project” gets underway. Don Tillman, being a scientist (geneticist to be exact) approaches the love aspect of life fully prepared, with scientific research and measurements. Find out what happens next! (Submitted by Mariya)

hliggett Oct 25, 2018

Such a heartwarming book! Tons of quirky humor can be found throughout the story. Don's journey of self-discovery is one I will certainly remember. Can't wait to read the second installment!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2018

The Rosie Project; A romance, a drama, an adventure and a novel written by Graeme Simsion. It’s about a man named Donald Tillman or Don that is a brilliant scientist but is not the best when it comes to social situations. He’s only been on one date, but never a second. So with his scientific skills he embarks on the Wife Project, a sixteen-page questionnaire to find the perfect wife… until he meets Rosie Jarman. Rosie is on a quest of her own, on a search to find her biological father. Don decides to put the Wife Project on hold and decides to help Rosie on an adventure for the Father Project. An unlikely relationship blooms and Don realizes throughout this project that despite the scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you. This book has been incredible to read throughout the humor and interesting facts. I soon started to dislike schedules because of this book. Don Tillman’s life was based on a schedule. He reminded me so much of a robot, so proper. The last chapter is my favorite part because he finally found who he was and love found him for who he was.
- @Creative_Cactus of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeDagmar Jul 13, 2018

Laugh out loud funny story with endearing characters and unexpected self discovery. Very enjoyable read!

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heikemueller
Jun 14, 2018

such a good read, as well as part 2 "the Rosie effect"

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jodypatey
May 07, 2018

Great book. Super easy read. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. :)

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cindiet
May 02, 2018

From Diane

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karinako
Mar 07, 2018

Amazing book filled with humor that is a must read!

Library_Jill Feb 28, 2018

This sweet, romantic comedy was described to me as "Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory' if he decided to look for a wife." This is not inaccurate, but as I read, I never really envisioned Don as Sheldon--he was too much his own, unique personality to me. This is a nice, lighthearted read with good explorations of love and accepting people for who they are.

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unicorn1
Feb 20, 2018

Anyone who enjoyed this book would probably also enjoy Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor is another quirky, funny and endearing character. Highly recommended by me!

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navdamme
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."

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CrochetCat374
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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salsaladybug
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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