It’s been a long time since I read a book with a sequel, and these two books certainly didn’t disappoint.
Written through the eyes of someone with a severe social disorder, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have the perfect balance of humour and emotion, telling the story of someone with a truly captivating thought process.
Don Tillman is an interesting character. He is a forty-one year old genetics professor who likes things to be in order. He has a specialised meal system, which enables him to eat the same things for each day of each week, cutting down his time spent food shopping. He has an exceptional memory and his best friend is a married man who is on a journey to sleep with a woman of every nationality. He lives in Melbourne.
After years of dating disasters, Don decides the only logically thing is to cut to the chase and design a questionnaire to single out the perfect woman for him, called ‘The Wife Project’.
Then he meets Rosie Jarman, who throws his plans and project to find the perfect wife out of whack. She is most definitely not the person he is looking for. She drinks, she smokes, she is always late and she works as a bartender. But Rosie is on a quest that Don is very equipped to help her with. The search of her biological father.
In the first book, Don must change the way he thinks and learn to expect the unexpected which is quite uncomfortable for someone with a social disorder.
I won’t spoil it for you but in the second book things get more complicated, in New York City. Relocation poses whole new challenges for Rosie and Don, ending in some crazy and spontaneous decisions on Don’s behalf.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect and I think you will too.
Plus, it’s written by an Australian author.
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