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The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1 (Don Tillman Series) by [Simsion, Graeme]
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-Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.-
--San Francisco Chronicle

-Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There's a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project. . . . It's not surprising that debut novelist Graeme Simsion has a background in science--The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.- (A-)
--Entertainment Weekly

-It's natural to be wary of a novel that's been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a 'publishing phenomenon, ' an 'international sensation' and no less than 'the feel-good hit of 2013.' Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.-
--The Washington Post

-Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead-in to a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is 'great fun.'-
--USA Today

-An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . If you're looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season's fix. . . . This charming, warmhearted escapade, which celebrates the havoc--and pleasure--emotions can unleash, offers amusement aplenty. Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers--it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.-
--NPR.org

-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

-Another great favorite: The Rosie Project, a hilarious novel by Graeme Simsion. It's truly one of the funniest and most poignant novels I've read, and when you've finished it, there's an excellent sequel as well.-
--Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Newsletter

-The Rosie Project opens as strongly as any comic novel I've read in a long time. . . . The book roars at high speed to its conclusion. . . . A highfunctioning but emotionally illiterate guy like Don makes a perfect unreliable narrator. . . . Happily, Simsion doesn't give Don an unbelievable emotional makeover. Our man just learns to live by a more complicated algorithm.-
--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

-One of the year's most promising and original novelists.-
--The Wall Street Journal

-Funny, touching, and hard to put down, The Rosie Project is certain to entertain even as readers delve into deep themes. For a book about a logic-based quest for love, it has a lot of heart. . . . [an] immensely enjoyable novel.-
--Booklist (starred review)

-Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion's debut novel about a thirty-nine-year-old genetics professor with Asperger's--but utterly unaware of it--looking to solve his Wife Problem. . . . What follows are his utterly clueless but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance. . . . This novel is perfectly timed.-
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-Polished debut fiction. . . . Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn't this well written. . . . A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel.-
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

-[A] bright, whip-snappingly funny romantic comedy. . . . Readers, too, will push eagerly through the narrative, and at the end they'll have one thought: thank goodness there's a sequel.-
--Library Journal

-Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell.-
--Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

-The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time.-
--Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away and Home Front

-A world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Read this glorious novel now, in the moment, where it lives.-
--Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife

-The Rosie Project is an upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read. As the novel makes its logically irrefutable progression, readers will become enchanted by what may well be the world's first rigorously evidence-based romantic comedy.-
--Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and Gold

-This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love.-
--Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

-Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction. Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical--love. Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page. I'm madly in love with this book! Trust me, you will be, too.-
--Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected

-With the demands of children and work, it's rare that I find myself so caught up in a novel that I literally cannot put it down--not for food nor for conversation nor even for sleep. Charming and delightful, I was so enamored of The Rosie Project that I read it in a single, marathon sitting.-
--Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road, Bad Mother, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

-Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.-
--John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

-Charming, funny, and heartwarming, a gem of a book.-
--Marian Keyes, author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man

-I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the most quirky and endearing romances I've ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don!-
--Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series and Wedding Night

-I wanted to race through The Rosie Project but had to make myself slow down from my usual reading pace, because of the number of sly jokes that I almost missed. A lovely, original, and very funny read.-
--Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

"Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There's a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project. . . . It's not surprising that debut novelist Graeme Simsion has a background in science--The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor." (A-)
--Entertainment Weekly

"It's natural to be wary of a novel that's been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a 'publishing phenomenon, ' an 'international sensation' and no less than 'the feel-good hit of 2013.' Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com."
--The Washington Post

"Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead-in to a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is 'great fun.'"
--USA Today

"An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . If you're looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season's fix. . . . This charming, warmhearted escapade, which celebrates the havoc--and pleasure--emotions can unleash, offers amusement aplenty. Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers--it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first."
--NPR.org

"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

"Another great favorite: The Rosie Project, a hilarious novel by Graeme Simsion. It's truly one of the funniest and most poignant novels I've read, and when you've finished it, there's an excellent sequel as well."
--Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Newsletter

"The Rosie Project opens as strongly as any comic novel I've read in a long time. . . . The book roars at high speed to its conclusion. . . . A highfunctioning but emotionally illiterate guy like Don makes a perfect unreliable narrator. . . . Happily, Simsion doesn't give Don an unbelievable emotional makeover. Our man just learns to live by a more complicated algorithm."
--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"One of the year's most promising and original novelists."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Funny, touching, and hard to put down, The Rosie Project is certain to entertain even as readers delve into deep themes. For a book about a logic-based quest for love, it has a lot of heart. . . . [an] immensely enjoyable novel."
--Booklist (starred review)

"Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion's debut novel about a thirty-nine-year-old genetics professor with Asperger's--but utterly unaware of it--looking to solve his Wife Problem. . . . What follows are his utterly clueless but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance. . . . This novel is perfectly timed."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Polished debut fiction. . . . Simsion can plot a story, set a scene, write a sentence, finesse a detail. A pity more popular fiction isn't this well written. . . . A sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] bright, whip-snappingly funny romantic comedy. . . . Readers, too, will push eagerly through the narrative, and at the end they'll have one thought: thank goodness there's a sequel."
--Library Journal

"Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell."
--Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

"The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I've read in a long time."
--Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away and Home Front

"A world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Read this glorious novel now, in the moment, where it lives."
--Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife

"The Rosie Project is an upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read. As the novel makes its logically irrefutable progression, readers will become enchanted by what may well be the world's first rigorously evidence-based romantic comedy."
--Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and Gold

"This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love."
--Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

"Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction. Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical--love. Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page. I'm madly in love with this book! Trust me, you will be, too."
--Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected

"With the demands of children and work, it's rare that I find myself so caught up in a novel that I literally cannot put it down--not for food nor for conversation nor even for sleep. Charming and delightful, I was so enamored of The Rosie Project that I read it in a single, marathon sitting."
--Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road, Bad Mother, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

"Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming."
--John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

"Charming, funny, and heartwarming, a gem of a book."
--Marian Keyes, author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man

"I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the most quirky and endearing romances I've ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don!"
--Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series and Wedding Night

"I wanted to race through The Rosie Project but had to make myself slow down from my usual reading pace, because of the number of sly jokes that I almost missed. A lovely, original, and very funny read."
--Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

About the Author

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2FLDRQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed the first third of this book very much indeed. It conveyed an hard working, brave and kind man, doing his best under great difficulties. However, it did not completely fulfill the author's potential (for me).
I got a bit muddled with the drawn out DNA testing and couldn't be bothered to go back and reread the puzzling bits. Also, his own diagnosis (sort of "diagnosis") came much too late. I found the ending unsatisfying, particularly for the main female character (who we fidnt really get to know).
As well as this, I don't think the last two thirds of the book found the balance between the strengths (e.g. kindness, intelligence) and pain (eg of being often misunderstood, hence, loneliness and the under-achievement of a super-intelligent person) of the main character.
In spite of this, the book does have charm. It would be good for discussion within a book group.
Note: I have ADHD, dyslexia and clinical depression (I'm a laugh a minute!) so may have a different perspective to some people.
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This was a book club choice and I am so glad it was. Funny, romantic yet sad in its own way, Simsion takes us on a journey through the eyes of a unique individual. Seeing life in this way makes a simple story all the more entertaining. The main characters were well thought through, thoroughly believable and well crafted. This is the most entertaining book I've read in ages, and although I found remembering the varied characters in the father project, that did not detract from the great story.
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I would have liked this more if it hadn't seemed so formulaic. The author writes as if he has a specific structure to adhere to and needs to tick some boxes, and that's what he does. I think it is now a film, or is about to be, and maybe the author wrote with a screenplay in mind. Don Tillman meets Rosie and she messes up his orderly life. They go to the US as part of the Rosie Project and Don, who apparently looks like Gregory Peck playing Atticus Finch, turns out to be the best in the world in his field, but in case this turns off some audiences, his best friend in the US by the end of the book is Dave, a nice ordinary bloke. Oh, and it starts in Australia but ends in New York, is this also so US filmgoers will feel comfortable? It's OK, but not more than that. After all this effort, I hope the film will be more enthralling.
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The story is about Don Tillman a genetics professor who has Aspergers and is trying to find his ideal partner via his wife project. On meeting Rosie however who is completely unsuited to be his life partner it quickly switches to the father project and then the Rosie project.

Wonderful book. Don is completely loveable and I can't wait to read the Rosie effect
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I absolutely loved the book and the way the two main characters inter-acted with each other. They say opposites attract. Routine was so important to Don. Precise timing, etc., but Rosie was able to make him see he could let go at times. The whole project of collecting the DNA samples was hilarious - the lengths Don went to at times. This book was recommended to me a couple of years ago, but I had not got round to reading it. This time round, it was our Book Club book, so I am delighted it got chosen.
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I found it quite difficult to rate this book - there's nothing wrong with it per se but as someone who enjoys watching The Big Bang Theory, I felt that this read exactly like a script for an episode of that programme. I couldn't get Sheldon Cooper out of my head as Don!!! I would love to have read it as someone unfamiliar with The Big Bang Theory and i'm sure I would have given it a couple more stars but as it stands I was slightly bored reading it and I doubt i'll bother reading the next in the series.
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I loved this book from start to finish, and really loved the narrative of Don - it just works, and it's his issues that make it all the more readable. There's nothing shocking or any major plot twists or developments in this book - it actually doesn't need them at all. Instead, it's reading about Don trying to explore a new world to him that is so compulsive, working out how to be around people without saying the wrong thing, or learning that going over schedule by 10 minutes isn't the end of the world, as he fears at the beginning of his story. Yes, for me I could see the end coming, and I had hoped that it would be as it was, it seemed the right ending somehow. But I loved reading about Don Tillman. There's some interesting genetics facts thrown in along the way courtesy of Don, but aside from that it's a book about Asperger's and about human relationships. It certainly enlightened me, showed a view of the world that I knew nothing about before picking up The Rosie Project, yet had me smiling and laughing along, hoping for a love story from these two people, very different yet oddly similar to each other. The writing is brilliant, the story one you will want to keep reading until you reach the last page - for me, The Rosie Project was a joy to read, and a gem of a book. Highly, highly recommended.
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Loved this book, but I did get confused at the end and had to read the last few pages again to find out who Rosie's dad was. Then I had to Google it to confirm. Then I realised there are loads of similar posts asking same question. Otherwise I loved this book!
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