The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A Novel

75%

72 Critic Reviews

Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers — it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.
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Synopsis

The international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).
 

About Graeme Simsion

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Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned to Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a psychiatrist who writes erotic fiction, and their two children.
 
Published October 1, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Rosie Project
All: 72 | Positive: 57 | Negative: 15

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 01 2013

With Asperger’s growing visibility in pop culture in recent years, as on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, this novel is perfectly timed.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Gabriel Roth on Oct 18 2013

“The Rosie Project,” Simsion’s debut and a best seller in his native Australia, reminds us that people who are neurologically atypical have many of the same concerns as the rest of us: companionship, ethics, alcohol.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by ShazzSharingan on Jun 16 2014

I completely fell in love with the character of Don Tillman and I guarantee anyone else will surely enjoy his well developed personality just as much. Overall, I'd say it's more of a comedy than a romance but definitely worth reading if you want something lighthearted and heart-warming.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sophia Martelli on Jan 04 2014

Warm-hearted and perfectly pitched, with profound themes that are worn lightly, this very enjoyable read promises to put Don Tillman on the comic literary map somewhere between Mr Pooter and Adrian Mole.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Apr 27 2013

Filled with engaging specificities of character and setting, the professor's struggle to understand the "fundamental, insurmountable problem of who I was" also becomes a poignant universal story about discovering how best to reconcile logic and emotion, head and heart, and connect our lives with others.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Charlotte Moore on Apr 05 2013

This good-hearted, pacy, thoroughly enjoyable novel takes a significant step towards showing that all human variants are a potential source of life‑affirming comedy.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Apr 27 2013

Filled with engaging specificities of character and setting, the professor's struggle...becomes a poignant universal story about discovering how best to reconcile logic and emotion, head and heart, and connect our lives with others.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Charlotte Moore on Apr 05 2013

The Rosie Project may be a lighthearted romp to be gobbled up in a couple of sittings, but it is also an important book...

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jane on Oct 25 2013

As with any first person book, if a reader doesn’t respond to Don, the book is going to be an utter failure.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Oct 03 2013

Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers — it's no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Josh Mallory on Oct 11 2013

Simsion has created a strong, singular and consistent voice. Rather than alienating the reader, he manages to use Don to exaggerate qualities that lie in all of us.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Stephan Lee on Oct 02 2013

...The Rosie Project, already a success in Australia, seems almost precision-engineered to keep readers turning pages. But unlike its unexpectedly lovable hero, this rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Lea Hensley on Jan 18 2014

Don doesn’t need to be fixed or changed from the appealing unique person he is. But I found myself wanting to shed a few tears for this brave man who logically faces life and slowly starts to open his mind to change.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Christina Ianzito on Oct 04 2013

Reading this novel, you can’t help casting the film in your head: Who’ll play the lovably awkward (and, the book makes clear, fit and handsome) lead character? Paul Rudd, maybe. Rosie? Jennifer Lawrence, in “Silver Linings Playbook” mode. Definitely.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by HOLLY WILLIAMS on Apr 27 2013

...The Rosie Project is extremely funny. The reader is in a privileged position, able to see Don's faux pas when he doesn't, but also has a huge amount of affection for the character, whose dispassionate view of illogical social norms is captured with snort-inducing deadpan accuracy. Warmly recommended.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Catherine Scott on Apr 30 2013

...Simsion ultimately undoes his good work by implying that love can conquer all...Simsion persists with the neurotypical assumption that everyone is happier in a couple...Those who already understand the condition may object to the moral that mental difference can and must be erased.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Ani Johnson on Apr 01 2013

It's one of those books that some would say is predictable whichever way it ends but the quality of the writing and the engagement we feel with the characters means that we travel with it every step of the way...

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by Abby Plesser on Oct 01 2013

With The Rosie Project, Simsion has created a wacky, wonderful love story that is just plain fun to read. The ways in which Don and Rosie challenge and complement each other is downright inspiring—not to mention hilarious.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Korina Lopez on Sep 29 2013

Simsion's attention to detail brings to life Don's wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don's Asperger's syndrome as a fault, or a lead into a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love.

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Vanessa Berridge on Apr 12 2013

This is a witty, entertaining novel, all the funnier for being told by Don in a deadpan, first-person narrative. The reader is always a step ahead and yet Don has a few surprises up his sleeve.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Cox on Apr 07 2013

...he has provided a clever satire on modern, internet-led dating, demonstrating that finding the right partner is not about the ticking of boxes, but something else: chancing upon something flawed and intangible and great, which burns like a mysterious fire.

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PopMatters

Below average
Reviewed by Zachary Houle on Oct 01 2013

Disappointment about the very end of the novel aside, The Rosie Project is compelling. I read the nearly 300 pages of this book in short order...It’s that likeable and readable of a novel, which would be a strong commendation if not for the sudden change of heart in the last 50 or so pages.

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We Love This Book

Good
Reviewed by Ella Pocock on Apr 11 2013

His developing relationship with Rosie is beautifully charming, full of originality and deeply witty. The Rosie Project is an utterly compelling modern-day love story that is hugely enjoyable.

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Chicago Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Oct 13 2013

Filled with humor and plenty of heart, "The Rosie Project" is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we're wired, just want to fit in.

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Journal Sentinel

Good
Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Oct 25 2013

The first third of "The Rosie Project" opens as strongly as any comic novel I've read in a long time. The middle slice wobbles occasionally, perhaps in keeping with Don's own wobbly attempts to integrate what he's learning from Rosie. The book roars at high speed to its conclusion. It's a comedy, so we know where they're going.

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Scotsman.com

Above average
Reviewed by David Sexton on Apr 20 2013

What makes this funny rather than tragic is that Don’s condition is more a literary device than a serious study of the syndrome — and as such it presents recognisable aspects of what virtually all men secretly know they could be like without women to humanise them.

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M/C Anderson

Above average
Reviewed by SEB on Jun 28 2013

While the premise is a little contrived Simsion overcomes this by writing about what he knows – academics and the academy - with great conviction, and he combines this with a finely tuned sense of humour...

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Digital Journal.

Above average
Reviewed by Prompt Proofing on Feb 13 2014

The book is both engaging and hilarious, even if the love angle is a little predictable. Don develops into an endearing hero and Rosie a surprising delight - the perfect foil for him.

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http://www.rte.ie

Above average
Reviewed by Harry Guerin on Jul 10 2013

There are times when Simsion gets too hung up on the detective work that throws his odd couple together, but he manages to avoid serious mind-drift by ensuring that another Don faux pas or nerd-fuel factoid is only a few paragraphs away. While you probably wouldn't want to meet him on holiday, having Don in your bag will be no weight to carry.

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Fancy Goods

Above average
Reviewed by Melanie Barton on Feb 12 2013

If you’re looking for something that has a serious message about Asperger’s Syndrome this is not the book. It sets out to be a cute-and-quirky love story and it delivers just that.

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P on Oct 09 2013

I absolutely loved reading THE ROSIE PROJECT, and I can't wait to see it on the big screen! Highly recommended!

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Dec 06 2013

Watching him fall in love with the most unlikely Wife Project candidate is absolutely adorable. The Rosie Project is indeed an excellent, charming, feel-good story.

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All the Books I Can Read

Good
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Mar 13 2013

This book really did have it all: humour, touches of sadness and a truly unique pairing. What I really love is that this book isn’t about Don changing to find love, it’s about love finding him the way that he is, even when it seems unlikely.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Nov 20 2013

The Rosie Project was absolutely wonderful and beguiling and just a really, good heartwarming, read. Think The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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Readings

Above average
Reviewed by Nina Kenwood on Jan 29 2013

The Rosie Project is at its strongest whenever Don and Rosie are together. Their chemistry jumps off the page and the gentle progression of their relationship is sweet and heart-warming. While the search for Rosie’s father becomes a little tiresome, every scene with Don and Rosie offers a lovely emotional pay-off.

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Novelicious

Above average
Reviewed by Kirsty Nicole Pole on Mar 15 2013

If you like conventional women’s romantic fiction then ‘The Rosie Project’ may not be for you, but if you want unique, ambitious, love-with-a-twist then give Don and Rosie a try.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Good
Reviewed by SB Sarah on Oct 01 2013

If you're looking for something a bit different in contemporary romance, with a unique perspective and a fascinating set of characters, you will like this book.

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Nov 01 2013

This is a great, fun read: a book to turn to when your club needs a good laugh...along with some thoughtful discussion about the nature of the human brain.

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Literary Exploration

Below average
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on Jun 11 2013

So we have an unpredictable, generic and stereotypical plot; does that leave you with any good points? Not really, just that it was entertaining and there was some decent comedy but in the end I was glad to be done with the book.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Below average
on Dec 14 2013

I had problems understanding who her father was, it wasn’t made very clear. In my book group we discussed this and some others also weren’t sure who it was. One or two people also had issues with the last chapter, when everything went really fast and maybe a little unbelievable.

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Book Chatter

Good
Reviewed by Ti on Jan 16 2014

Many have been hearing about the book but not many have been picking it up. Please do! It’s such a gem that I may have to break down and buy my own copy.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Above average
on Nov 28 2013

The Rosie Project is sure to have you laughing as it did me. Don is truly funny in just how awkward he is. The things he does and says, while making perfect sense to him, come off as hilarious to the reader...

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Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Jan 13 2014

The Rosie Project is a really sweet story and I enjoyed it a lot. These two characters that you would never think could work out together both found their way into my heart. It’s fun, quirky, and like I said before, so utterly charming.

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Book'd Out

Above average
Reviewed by Shelleyrae Cusbert on Oct 09 2013

Funny, poignant and sweet The Rosie Project is a feel good, entertaining novel about love, friendship and self discovery.

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Write Meg

Good
on Jul 19 2013

...I wanted to linger a little longer in Australia and spend more time with Rosie and Don, watching their general uncertainty melt into love. It was sweet and real and endearing and just . . . great. Really great.

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Alpha Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle on Mar 28 2013

Don Tillman is described as being a dead-ringer for Gregory Peck, circa Atticus Finch. *le sigh*...I would actually love a follow-up to ‘The Rosie Project’ because when I got to the last page I immediately missed Don Tillman and wanted him back!

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The Book Stop

Good
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Jan 29 2014

...the long flight between Australia and the U.S. brought back happy memories for me, as did Don’s love of New York’s Museum of Natural History. Honestly, the whole book made me super happy. Don’t miss this one.

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Chrisbookarama

Above average
Reviewed by Chris bookarama on Jan 15 2014

In romance, the two potential lovers have to change in order to become a couple. Don has to see that no one is perfect and Rosie needs to accept people as they are. The fun of The Rosie Project is watching them get there.

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Sarah Says Read

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Nov 27 2013

I often caught myself smiling, laughing, tearing up, and clapping my hand over my mouth in surprise...I already want to re-read it.

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http://portlandbookreview.com

Good
Reviewed by Annie Hicks on Jan 28 2014

You, the reader, will laugh at the subtleness of the jokes that are peppered throughout and how Don and Rosie might be “that someone,” that Daphne was talking about after all.

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No Charge Bookbunch

Below average
on Dec 01 2013

If you can forget the author’s references to autism, you might see awkward actions as charming...Although I laughed at times at Don’s misadventures as he searches for the perfect mate and finds one in the imperfect Rosie, I felt uncomfortable doing so.

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Feb 23 2013

It’s good fun, and amusing. I admit that I don’t feel all that confident about the long-term prospects of the relationship that ensues...but hey, women will take on all kinds of blokes when the magnetic attraction strikes.

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It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

Good
Reviewed by Larry on Oct 04 2013

Love cannot be controlled, and it is rarely, if ever, predictable. And neither are people. The Rosie Project is a tremendously enjoyable book that makes those facts immensely compelling.

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Book Nut

Below average
on Jan 13 2014

I was disappointed that it wasn't snort-milk-out-your-nose funny. There was only one scene -- when Don and Rosie take over making cocktails at an event -- that made me actually laugh out loud. But I did smile a lot.

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Booktopia Blog

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Cattanach on Feb 24 2013

At last we have a Rom-Com with a brain as well as a heart, a story about loving people for who they are, not who we want them to be. Perfect for the book-a-week reader as well as a great gift to the friend who should read more.

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Novel Escapes

Good
Reviewed by Lydia Laceby on Dec 16 2013

I really did find The Rosie Project a feel good novel, even if at times I squirmed in my seat and felt uncomfortable at Don's unflinching honesty. Other times I found Don’s viewpoint refreshing and unique from all the other ‘looking for love’ stories I’ve read. I can’t wait to see this one made into a movie!

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Blogging for a Good Book

Good
Reviewed by Andrew on Jan 22 2014

It comes across initially as a light read, but I think readers will remember Don Tillman for quite a while.

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Read Me Deadly

Above average
Reviewed by SISTER MARY MURDEROUS on Oct 04 2013

The Rosie Project is a delightful romp of a first novel. It was originally conceived of as a screenplay, and I'll bet it'll become one soon. Congratulations to former IT consultant Graeme Simsion, and I hope he keeps on writing.

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Reading Matters

Above average
on Apr 01 2013

...Don's voice, so beautifully dull, dry and monotonous, is a treat to read because it so perfectly captures his personality. I thoroughly enjoyed spending so much time in his company and can understand why other readers claim to have fallen in love with him.

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The Brunette Librarian

Below average
Reviewed by The Brunette Librarian on Jan 10 2014

...the end seemed long, and really dragged out. I hated Don’s one and only male friend (he cheated on his wife incessantly). An ok read but not in my top 10 for the year at all.

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Book Thingo

Good
Reviewed by Kat on Feb 01 2013

This book has the right combination of humour, mayhem and sweetness to appeal to a broad audience. Reading this book is fun, but it’s also filled with bits of science and observations that challenge conventional thinking.

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Everyday I Write the Book

Above average
Reviewed by Gayle on Nov 27 2013

I highly recommend The Rosie Project. It’s quick and fun and definitely has its faults, but it is also highly pleasurable, as Don might say. Correct?

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Gone Pecan

Good
on Dec 11 2013

This is probably one of the sweetest, most light-hearted books I’ve read this year. I would definitely recommend it because they characters are well-rendered and the plot is fun.

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Literary Hoarders

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie on Nov 21 2013

This story was predictable, a bit over-the-top and somewhat unrealistic but it was as charming as hell and I fell in love instantly with both Don and Rosie.

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A Common Reader

Above average
on Apr 06 2013

I am sure this book will sell very well, an ideal holiday read, nothing too much serious, but thought-provoking in it’s own way. Pick it up if you have a long train journey or a flight to a distant place coming up and you won’t be disappointed.

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Bookmagnet

Good
on Oct 02 2013

When I closed the book, I was saddened to leave Rosie and Don behind, but these well-crafted characters and their incredible journey to love will stay with me always.

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Bookmagnet

Good
on Sep 20 2013

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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Fourth Street Review

Above average
on Nov 03 2013

The moral of the story is that there is no right way to find love (and it certainly can’t be done with a survey*) and I can’t argue with that. I’ll be recommending this one to quite a few people, as it’s easy to love (even if that’s not the first reaction I had).

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Books and Quilts

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Oct 28 2013

This is a wonderful presentation of two very different people developing a relationship and how they accommodate each others uniqueness...This book was funny and had my laughing out loud at parts and credit to the author, that it was always the situations I was laughing and never at the person involved.

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The Captive Reader

Good
Reviewed by Claire on Dec 15 2013

This is just such a sweet book. It is funny and quirky but it is the tenderness with which Simsion treats his narrator that makes it so special. As I said, I’ve already read it twice this year and you can be sure that I’ll be rereading it many times in the years to come.

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Lisa Walker

Good
on Mar 14 2013

Don is a wonderful character, who maintains his consistently original persona throughout...This book is funny, witty and intelligent – I finished it with a smile on my face.

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Little Girl With a Big Pen

Above average
on Feb 06 2013

Simsion’s novel is a lot of fun, and is a great light read for curling up in the sun with. It reads much like a rom-com film...While it’s not the kind of book I would have picked up without the hype, I am glad that I did.

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