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Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
How did I hear about the book? I was given the book by some wonderful friends for my 30th, then I got pregnant, moved house and fiiinally I managed to dust of my books waiting to be read. This one was first!
If you want to read this book, you have to like cute romance stories with unusual twists, reading from different perspectives.
Did I finish the book within the month? Yep.
How many pages did I actually read? All of them!
Did you enjoy it? Yes! I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it is written in first person of a man who has Asperger’s syndrome, but Simsion really nails the perspective, attributes and language of what I imagine someone with that condition lives with.
Is it easy to put down and pick up frequently without losing track of the idea? I would say yes! It’s an easy read, while still having a thoughtful, sensitive plotline.
Plot explained (sort of) well A man with Aspberger’s Syndrome sets out in an attempt to find his perfectly matched wife, down to the finest details, through a survey and the help of his friends. On his search, he finds Rosie, who is not matched with him in any way but becomes an imperfectly perfect friend as they work on another project together – and he discovers more about himself than he ever thought he would.
Plot explained badly Man with Aspberger’s syndrome tries to find perfect woman, only to realise nobody is perfect, in friendships, relationships or life itself. Hilarity and heartwarming moments ensue.
Plot as written on the back of the book
Reminded me of well, I could disturb all of the diehard Fault in the Stars fans by saying this, but my repertoire in this style of writing is limited, so I’ll just say it: he writes very similarly to John Green (more like Paper Towns or The Abundance of Katherines), in the sense that his writing is casual but poignant and deliberate; beautifully flowing while just feeling like you are reading an account of someone’s everyday life.
Favourite section Anytime he gets adventurous with his schedule or his humour. You begin to see, as he adapts to the situations and learns/attempts to read others around him, that he will throw in a bit of sarcasm or have a very light crack at himself or the other person and it is very refreshing. It also reminds you of the struggle for someone who has to work when even having a light conversation.
What I loved about the book It’s a big subject, Aspberger’s, but you feel like you have a true taste of the lifestyle for a person with this syndrome. He makes it simple, while not belittling the subject. It was humorous, and because it is in first person, you read his responses as if you are experiencing them. It leaves you in a place of learning as you figure out how he reads situations, conversations and even his own character.
Most memorable quote
“What would you like?”
“A skinny decaf latte.”
This is a ridiculous form of coffee, but I did not point it out.
Would you recommend it/10? Yes! I am yet to find someone that did not enjoy this book.
If you don’t believe me…
Well, there were a good number so this list is straight outta Wikipedia. Thank you, internet.
_ International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Ireland, Longlisted, 2015
_ Australian Book Industry’s Book of the Year, Winner, 2014
_ Australian Book Industry’s General Fiction Book of the Year, Winner, 2014
_ Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, Shortlisted, 2014
_ Best Debut Fiction, Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards, Shorlisted, 2014
_ Waverton Good Read Award, United Kingdom, Shortlisted, 2014
_ The Indie Awards, Shortlisted, 2014
_ Victorian Premier’s Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, Winner, 2012
_ “I finished it within a couple of days, so that probably says something.” – Katherine
Wanna buy it?
In real life actual paper form: The Rosie Project: A Novel
In equally real life electronic weightless form: The Rosie Project: A Novel (Don Tillman Book 1)
See you next month!
Feel free to comment with your own review below! Did you love it? Do you know someone with Aspberger’s, and was it accurate?! Feel free to let us know below!