Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

Simsion, G. (2014). The Rosie Project. NY: Simon & Schuster.

Adult / Contemporary Romance / Humor

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and found myself giggling at many a part; however, I am wondering if I am supposed to feel a little guilty about enjoying this book -- is it making light of Asberger's?

Taking it at face value, what made me laugh is how much of myself (and my husband, and my daughter, and many others I know) I saw in the main character, Don. He's precise; he's structured; he's organized to the second with his life and everything in it. He designs everything for maximum efficiency -- I never thought about him as having a disorder because his world is an exaggeration of what many of us strive for in even one area of our lives! To be so organized!!

Don's logic made me laugh, as did his honesty and straightforwardness, which sometimes embarrassed and/or "caught" others who maybe weren't quite so honest or straightforward with their actions. Don evolved over the course of the story, and he was smart enough to realize that he needed to ramp things down a few notches to grow. He also was smart enough to self-assess, and see that his less than logical actions were explained by emotions he had never allowed himself to explore; really, he had never allowed himself to believe he was capable of emotion.

Rosie is quite the counter to Don and it was delightful seeing her layers peel-off; she's a very well-written character. And the sub-story with characters Gene and Claudia was great, too. There were some fabulous scenes that had me full-grinning as I turned the pages (bartender Don!), and there were others that really made me sad: the mark of a good book, in my assessment.

Yes, everything tied-up quite neatly and nicely, and that was perfect for me and this book. There was even an enjoyable twist at the end, foreshadowed a bit but pleasing nonetheless.

Though this is an adult book and Rosie has a potty mouth, I think older young adults would appreciate this book, too. Plenty of people will see something of themselves in it.

I asked and received this book for Christmas, so it was pleasure reading, and I am providing honest review with absolutely no strings attached! How novel!

Book 2 is out! You can sample the first three chapters on Goodreads! Just click "Open Preview."


  1. I loved this books for many of the same reasons that you did. Have you read the sequel?

  2. I have not, but it is on my TBR list. Will probably buy it from Book People when I'm in Austin. Such a fabulous Indie book store!