The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman is a genius professor in genetics at an Australian university. He's unaware he has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of Autism, which contributes to his social awkwardness and the precise manner in which he lives his life. Don decides it's time to find a wife. If you watch TV's The Big Bang Theory think Sheldon Cooper seeks a wife. However, Don is not obnoxious as Sheldon can often be, he's actually considerate and sweet while oblivious. He creates a 16-page, front and back, questionnaire that he submits to an online dating site. He feels this will weed-out those who are incompatible and thus save him time. Don continues to tweak his questionnaire as he makes personal discoveries throughout the book. In the meantime, Don meets Rosie, a TA for his friend and fellow professor. Thinking Rosie has applied he asks her out for a disastrous evening at a restaurant. But they become friends and he decides to assist her in locating her biological father - after all, he is a genetics prof. But not everything follows Don's plan. The adventures, and misadventures, of Don and Rosie are hysterical, intelligent, sweet, and poignant without being excessively sentimental. There are laugh-out loud moments, and times you feel so badly for Don. At no time does the author cross the line into ridiculing Don as he tries to sort out the dating paradigm in particular and social activities in general. This is a wonderful story that has become one of my favorites. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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