The Rosie Project by New Zealander Graeme Simsion is usually referred to as a romantic comedy. But I think there‘s much more to it. (Meaning no sappy exclamations, heaving bodices or bulked up biceps here. Sorry, folks. 😉)
Our leading man, Don, is very smart, but a socially inept gent “on the spectrum.” We find him trying to figure out how to live in a world that usually defies his sense of logic. Especially perplexing to him is how to go about finding a good spousal fit. He has one male friend, but since he’s a serial adulterer, he’s of little help coaching Don on how to establish a serious relationship. (Though he adds lots of comedy relief.) The strategies Don cooks up for his marital search are often humorous, always endearing, and ever-deserving of empathy. Don is a good guy with very different ways of looking at life and human interactions.
This is an engaging light read sure to bring a grin and outright laugh. (And who doesn’t need help being light-hearted these days?) What makes this more than a typical shallow “rom-com” is how it encourages the reader to ponder the intricacies of human communication and miscommunication as well as our primal need for meaningful companionship. I rooted for Don and Rosie, but especially for Don. I bet you will, too.
No spoiler intended, but there’s a follow up book, titled The Rosie Effect. (The Rosie Project was published in 2013 by Simon and Schuster.)