Author: Graeme Simsion
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Pages: 295 (paperback)
My Rating: 10/10
Overview: Don Tillman has a schedule for everything. He plans his meals down to the ingredients he consumes daily, his exercise routines, his outfits and everything in between. What he couldn't plan for is meeting Rosie Jarman.
Rosie essentially turns Don's life upside down, one project at a time.
What I loved: For the past month, I've been in a reading rut. I'm in the middle of reading three separate books, but I haven't been able to complete a single one, until The Rosie Project.
This book is unlike anything I've ever read before and I enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I finished it in only three days!
Don reminds me of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, but with the attractiveness of Gregory Peck. How do I know what a fictional character looks like, you ask? Rose declared this resemblance in the book. So take one part Sheldon, a hint of Atticus Finch, an Australian accent and BOOM, you have Don Tillman. He's socially awkward, precise, has no filter, and he's one hell of a protagonist.
Prior to reading this book, I learned Jennifer Lawrence was originally meant to be cast as Rosie in the up-coming film adaption. Although she has since dropped out, I truly believe she would have been the perfect fit for the spunky independent woman.
The story itself is sweet, but not sappy, and romantic, but not repulsive. It's about self-discovery and letting go while trying to piece together your life all at once. It's not a story for only females, but for any bookworm no matter gender or age.
This may be my first book completed in 2016, but I'm sure it will also be one of my favorites.
What I didn't: This book was truly amazing and exactly what I needed to pull me out of my reading funk. I can't think of one thing I didn't like about the story. I can't wait to read the sequel, The Rosie Effect!