I love reading books but I find that when I choose books myself, I always end up in the same genre. Either YA or Fantasy/Magical Realism. This is not a big issue, but sometimes it is refreshing to read something in a genre you are not familiar with. One of my co-workers lent me her copy of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. She assured me that it was a good read. So, finishing The Lie Tree, I began reading this book. And as always, I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
The Rosie Project explores the romantic and comedic errors of a nearly-forty-year-old professor of Genetics, named Don Tillman. He most likely has undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome. Despite being employed and attractive, Don has trouble finding a suitable wife. He already has problems finding friends, of which he has exactly two. Don decides that it is time to get married and comes up with the Wife Project, in order to find the perfect partner. But then he meets Rosie and then everything changes.
Fun and Clever
To start of with the positives, The Rosie Project is a very fun and clever book. While I didn’t think it was as funny as many claim it was, it was indeed an enjoyable read. Because of the easy writing style, I had no problem getting through the book. It was nice to enjoy a bit of light reading, especially after having read such a serious book before this one. Most of the characters were sweet and charming, which made it fun. However, I am very much aware that many people are in love with this book, but I am not one of them. I don’t dislike it. In fact, I enjoyed reading it, but not as much that the book has left an impact on me. That is when I know a book is not my cup of tea.
The problem I had with The Rosie Project was that while the writing was good, I couldn’t get used to the narration. While I know that the narration is a very accurate representation of how someone with Asperger’s Syndrome would talk and think, I had trouble adjusting myself to it. It is also the reason why I never really got into the Big Bang Theory. But that is more personal taste than anything else.
One thing that did bother me was the almost forced character development that happened throughout the novel. Don literally changed the way he looks, the way he speaks and essentially the way he is to please Rosie. While it is realistic that people change in some ways when they are involved with someone; the change within Don has no subtlety. He doesn’t change because he wants to or because of certain events, but only to please a woman. To me that’s not a good enough reason to change yourself as a person. If she did really love him, why did she want him to change?
However, in a way The Rosie Project was quite refreshing, as it is a take on the RomCom genre that has not been done before. Usually these kinds of stories are written from the perspective of a female protagonist. Also, it is nice that the story is written from the perspective of someone who very likely has autism, as that does provide an interesting narrator. I guess this just wasn’t my kind of book and that’s okay. It is definitely worth a read.