First off, I apologize that my posting has been few and far between compared to when I started blogging again. I’m just not caught up on life the way I’d like to be but I’ve been trying not to push blogging to the back burner so I hope some posting is better than none. If nothing else, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing what I’m reading with you every Wednesday. Today is no exception, especially since I read the most charming book last week.
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, is everywhere now. It’s kind of a phenomenon if you ask me. The book came out in 2013 and for some reason, everyone is talking about it right now. I’ve heard about it on podcasts, read about it on blogs, had fellow book club members recommend it. I’m glad I took the plunge and listened to them though.
The book is told from the perspective of Professor Don Tillman, a mad professor in every sense of the word. He’s social awkward, makes his point in the classroom through unconventional methods, and tries to approach life with a systematic scientific method. Early in the book he presents to a group of families who have a child with Asperger’s. I worked with many people who were on the autism spectrum when I was in college and he certain displays many of those characteristics, although it’s not explicitly stated that he was diagnosed as being on the spectrum.
Even with Professor Tillman’s quirks, the book is a classic boy-meets-girl novel. Tillman tries to approach the idea of finding a wife through a scientific process, relying on a questionnaire that should weed out anyone who is incompatible. Instead you learn that what Tillman wants simply doesn’t exist.
She’s everything Tillman doesn’t want… and yet, even in his own confused mind as she rattles his structured life, his best days are spent with her.
I truly loved this book. I found the narrative charming and quirky. It’s a quick read that was perfect for a fall weekend. I laughed out loud. I cheered on Rosie’s antics and shook my head as Tillman tried to navigate the trickiness of the dating world. I even teared up when things didn’t go quite right.
If you’ve been hearing about this book as much I have, you won’t be disappointed.