Book Review: The Rosie Project

A romantic comedy, minus the corny, cookie-cutter characters. Hilariously weird at times, and brilliantly plotted at best.

Source: Amazon UK


Hey Gents!
I accidentally fell in-love with this book at a local library, under the “discarded books” section. The Rosie Project stood out from the rest of the dusty, barely checked-out paperbacks sitting wistfully on a rickety rack.

Three things fueled my fancy. Firstly, the main character is a guy (which rarely ever happens in “romcom” books). Secondly, the book cover was brightly tasteful and modern. Thirdly, the book is set in Australia!

In case you can’t tell, i’m one of those weirdos who judges a book by its cover. lol.


The book centers around this nerdy guy named Don, and his journey towards love and vulnerability. Don Tillman is a smart, well-respected college professor  who lacks a fundamental human trait: feelings. He is very cut and dry, overly calculated with his plans, and extremely far-removed in his concept of love -to the point of making questionnaire tests for potential partners.

After a couple of unsuccessful dates with “highly qualified” candidates, his best friend paired him with a deeply troubled woman named Rosie. She’s got that goth-like-rebel facade (in my head, at least) and a much cooler way of seeing the world.

Don’s uptight tendencies clashed with Rosie’s carefree customs. During their initial meeting, Rosie was on a mission to find her father, who she believes is still alive. Don voluntarily helps her, given his biology background. Their friendship eventually led to romance.

As the weeks went by, Don starts to see his conservative ways unravel. Rosie’s influence opened up Don’s humanity and romantic side in ways unexpected. Both embraced spontaneity throughout their journey to find Rosie’s dad.

The Good | 
I loved Graeme Simsion’s unconventional lead roles. Well-developed, without the overly charismatic and polite attributes seen in a  lot of romantic comedy books. I found his depiction of Don quite universal in regards to relatability. At times I find myself being way too literal and serious about life, but the only way to really live is to embrace uncertainties. Like I mentioned earlier, I love that the book centers around a guy’s love story rather than the usual female protagonist. Coming from a guy who loves romantic books, it truly is a refreshing change of things.
The Bad | 

You guys, the first few chapters lagged SO hard. It had a lot of scientific references and other nerdy stuff I found very annoying. I understand the author’s way of emphasizing Don’s geeky personality and what have you, but it was overkill in my opinion.


Be on the lookout for more book reviews! The holiday season is quickly approaching, which lends me a lot of time for endless reading sessions.

all the brotherly love,


I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


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