Saturday, November 16, 2013
Simon & Schuster/October 1, 2013
(First published, April 1, 2013)
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. 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.
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.
When applying science to relationships there's always a strong possibility of a completely unforeseen outcome. These are the results Professor Don Tillman discovers. Don is an extremely intelligent person. He's what you would call book smart with his street smarts lagging woefully behind. He doesn't know how to interaction with others and has a hard time relating to most people.
Rosie is a breath of fresh, new air in Don's life. She breaks down his preconceptions of what traits he must have in a wife. She is the catalyst that brings about Don's transformation and she does it all while simply being herself. Rosie was a lot of fun, especially when interacting with Don. It was funny to see his confusion with regards to Rosie. He doesn't expect to enjoy spending time with her, they have absolutely nothing in common, or so he thinks. Their relationship is written in a way that is perfectly believable as it develops into a romance.
Don is someone who can easily becoming that annoying person you try to avoid at all costs. He's an odd duck but as the story progresses Don becomes more than the computer like genius he was in the beginning. The changes may seem small, he still maintains his high intelligence, but those changes have a profound affect on his life.
The Rosie Project is an amusing look at one man's search for a mate. It's a perfect example of the phrase "God laughs when you make plans". Professor Don Tillman makes numerous plans but learns that some of the best things in life are the things you don't plan for.