The Bookshelf – The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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I’ve been a book lover all my life. I was the one sitting in my room under a blanket tent reading at age 7 when all of the kids in the neighborhood were still outside playing. Granted, I was always up for a game of hide and seek or kickball, but I always, always, always made time for reading…and still do today. Regardless of how insanely busy I am, or how much work I have for the evening, how tired I am, or what good shows are on tv, I still find time to crack open my book and delve in. I truly think that books have made me a better person, let me explore places that I will never see, educated me on topics I would never have otherwise known and made me who I am today. Without books, without the escape into books, I don’t know where I would be in life.

With that said, I thought it would be fun to write a blog post once a month or so and keep it all about books. This month, I’m writing a review on a book that I recently read called, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. At first glance, I thought this book was another cheesy book about love and relationships where the woman finds a man “serendipitously,” they have a few awkward scenes, they might verge on a breakup and then eventually they live happily ever after. But at second glance, I saw a man and a bicycle on the cover and it piqued my interest, so I gave it a shot. I’m glad I did!

This book deals with a socially awkward, yet highly intelligent male character who figures it is time to find himself a wife so he creates a ridiculous, scientifically-based survey to weed out potential candidates. He meets an intelligent, fiery, and a bit outlandish woman (the book’s namesake) who checks barely any of the boxes, but somehow breaks Don out of his shell and leads him on a venture to find her birth father.

As I said, my first thought was, “why in the world is this book getting all of the hype it’s getting” but after reading it, I’m glad I did. Don’t expect highly intelligent fiction, or a piece that delves into the psychology of what it is to be human, but do expect to laugh, to enjoy the unconventional character of Don, to relate to Rosie, to enjoy the quick and witty pace of the narration, and ultimately, to remember that humanity and the human connection are the true reasons that the world is still a beautiful place.

Thumbs up for sure!

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