The Book Post #9: The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
I feel like I haven’t done a book review in forever, so I can’t wait to tell you guys about one of the best books I have read in a long time. I had heard a lot of good things about The Rosie Project before I got around to reading it - I was expecting big things and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

The book follows the tale of Dom, a university professor of genetics who studies Asperger’s Disease whilst ironically showing undiagnosed symptoms of Autism himself. After a few failed romances, Dom uses his super rational way of thinking to devise a questionnaire designed to find his ideal wife.

However, low and behold, in comes Rosie who smokes, is always late and is mathematically incompetent meaning she is by no means the perfect match – but of course Dom can’t help but fall for her anyway.

Although it seems like a bit of a predictable romance story, there is something about the relationship between Rosie and Dom, which feels that bit more real and honest than just your average boy meets girl story. The situations in which the pair find themselves are genuinely funny and the interactions between the two as Rosie fails to understand but at the same time, completely falls for Dom’s unique character make you feel all fuzzy inside.

But I think the main reason I loved this book was that, just like Rosie, I fell completely in love with Dom. The protagonist is charming, sincere, a little bit crazy and I couldn’t get enough of him. I found his quirky little traits and rigid calculation of everything in life so endearing and found his narrative completely captivating.

Simsion does an amazing job at portraying what can sometimes be incomprehensible human behaviour in a way that makes it loveable and enchanting and in doing so he bridges the gap between a way of thinking that many may perceive as so removed from the norm.

Through Dom, and the way in which Simsion encourages his readers to love him, we see Autism from a different perspective, one that is captivating and heart warming rather than alien.

Have any of you guys read The Rosie Project?

Charlotte x
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