The Rosie Project; Graeme Simsion
(arc and audio book)
Don Tillman at age 39 is a brilliant professor of genetics at an Australian university. He' so very smart, but so socially awkward that he never gets beyond a first date. He hates intimate gestures and he seems to exhibit the tendencies of people with Aspergers syndrome. Oddly enough, as the story opens Don has agreed to do a lecture for his friend Gene on the subject of Aspergers.
When his friend suggests it is time Don found himself a wife, Don reacts by designing: “The Wife Project,” which consists of a creative questionnaire of all the things that Don sees as important in a mate. His perfect partner must be punctual, tidy, logical, and NOT a smoker!
Meet Rosie --- she does not possess the "perfect partner qualities" on Don's list. Rosie's a bartender, she smokes and even arrives late for her appointment with Don. Rosie, however, has an agenda of her own. She's looking for her biological father, and thinks a genetics expert like Don might be just the one to help her, especially since he has access to his university's lab and could run some DNA tests there if necessary. Rosie's mother died when she was 10, and had told her that her father was one of her medical school classmates. It isn't long before the "Wife Project" is put on hold, so that Don can help Rosie find out about her father. As their unlikely relationship blooms, Don realizes that love can't always be best predicted by a questionnaire.
The story is told from Don's point of view, and was quite funny at times, but listening to this one on audio had a way getting on my nerves after a while. It wasn't really the narrator's fault either.The narrator Dan O'Grady did a decent job, it was just that the story was too quirky and cutesy for my taste . Don't go by me though as I think readers who enjoy romantic comedies and quirky characters will probably enjoy this debut novel.