The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a book that honestly haunted me. When it was released a few years ago, I read the summary: „Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance.“ …Ok, as a biologist myself I know a lot of people like Don. This sentence really resonated with me. But then I read on: „So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.“ …Really? A scientific approach to find the right partner? I wasn’t convinced that this is something that interests me. „Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.“…I put the book away.
Then it’s follow-up The Rosie Effect was released a few months ago and EVERYONE around me told me that I REALLY NEED TO READ the first part. – What can I say? I finally read it… and loved it. It’s hilarious to follow Don on his way finding and struggling with emotions. I still don’t know if I like the way it deals with the topic of autism/the Asperger’s syndrome. But in case you didn’t read it yet: YOU SHOULD REALLY READ IT ;)!
I wish you a wonderful, long weekend with lots of sunny hours, wonderful emotions and good books!
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