The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is one of the best for-fun books that I have read in a long time. It’s the perfect book for a relaxing vacation, a rainy afternoon, or a lazy Sunday curled up on the couch with a cup of tea. I know that romantic comedies and chick lit have gone out of vogue recently, but this book shows just how good a rom-com can be when it is done well. The Rosie Project is the When Harry Met Sally of books, well-crafted, insightful, and incredibly funny.
Like most successful romantic comedies, The Rosie Project features a cast of quirky and often hilarious characters who find themselves in strange and laugh-out-loud situations. But everyone and everything feels very real and human, which gives the story depth and makes it relatable even as readers find themselves laughing at the ridiculous scenarios.
The Rosie Project revolves around Don Tillman, a genetics professor who lives a highly regimented yet simple life almost completely devoid of any romantic relationships. After embarking on The Wife Project in an attempt to find himself the ideal mate, Don meets Rosie, a spontaneous, out-spoken, and spunky young woman who quickly turns Don’s world upside down. The result is a heartfelt love story about two people who seem totally wrong for each other, but actually fit together perfectly.
It’s not incredibly original, but then again, most love stories aren’t. Men and women meet and fall in love in the simplest and least original of ways every day, and The Rosie Project is no exception. But Don and Rosie’s story has a lot of heart. Don and Rosie feel real and fully developed, and the situations that they find themselves in are genuinely funny. As a reader, I cared about their journey, their struggle to put aside their issues, their preconceived notions, and their misconceptions and to just accept each other for who they are. They are easy to root for, and I loved spending a few days with them.
Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what Simsion has in store for Don and Rosie in The Rosie Effect.
Five out of five stars.