Release Date: October 1, 2013 (first published January 30, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor
Review Date: July 18, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Don is the sole narrator of this story, and that in itself makes it worth the read. Don is one of the more memorable characters that I've read in a long time. He’s classic Asperger’s, with all the intelligence, bluntness, and lack of charisma that entails. It's comical at times and yet mind numbing when he fails to understand basic social ques. He's so ridiculous, you just want to like him.
Sadly, I didn't find Rosie as endearing as Don. She was just a means to push Don's character development. Overall, they were cute together, but it could have been any woman who had a lot of opposite tendencies. Besides Don and Rosie, we have a few other characters that add to the antics of the story. Don's best friend Gene (who doesn't come off as a good guy) and his wife who seems like she's in a miserable marriage. The couple lend their opinions to Don in an attempt to help his dates not become a total disaster.
I heard somewhere that this book was originally a screenplay. I can see how this could be a very fun and quirky movie! Total Rom-com date night material. I hope that they make a movie adaptation because with the right actor and actress for the leads, I'd be on board to see it.
Can you imagine, nine ladies in a restaurant drinking cocktails, eating, and laughing about Don's antics. The book also lead the conversation into the subjects of open marriages, online dating, and more. I feel that I know the book club ladies even more than I did before thanks to this book.
Originally I wanted to jump right into the next book, but a reliable source (with similar taste in books), told me that the follow up isn't as good. Not by a long shot. As the saying goes- so many books, so little time. While I'll be putting off reading the follow up novel, I fully recommend The Rosie Project for an all around fun experience.