I joined a book club through my sorority alumnae group. We decided, after a long, cold winter here in Chicago, to choose a light-hearted romantic book, so we settled on The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
The Rosie Project follows genetics professor Don Tillman as he searches for the one thing missing in his perfectly scheduled, balanced life. A wife. As he begins the Wife Project, Don creates a comprehensive and sometimes inappropriate questionnaire for women to fill out, like a way too personal online dating survey. Things don’t go very smoothly though. For a more widely known pop culture reference, Don is like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. He is incredibly intelligent, rational and unemotional. Those qualities translate to some awkward first dates for Don. Then, he meets Rosie, and she throws him completely off balance. As Don tables the Wife Project, he starts helping Rosie try to track down her biological father. Don and Rosie go on crazy adventures to test DNA of all possible fathers. Even though Don is working on the Rosie Project, the solution to the Wife Project falls into his lap when he least expects it.
This book is an internationally bestselling romantic comedy, so it’s not exactly a brilliant find my book club. But if you are looking for a good beach book, this is it. The Rosie Project is a fun, quick read. At first, Don is hard to relate to because he is so rational and logical about everything. But in time, Don transforms into an endearing, caring character that you can’t help but get attached to. Rosie is a perfect foil to Don and not what she appears to be at first.
Also, The Rosie Project is in development to be made into a movie. So look for that in theaters in the next year or two.
Next up: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner