But because Don is socially awkward–some would even say inept–he approaches the project in an evidence-based manner that only reinforces his worst qualities. His routines, his schedule, his Standardized Meal Planning…all are characteristics that seem to diminish his odds of finding a partner at all.
However, he believes that his method will work. What he doesn’t anticipate is meeting Rosie Jarman, someone totally unsuitable by his own definition, but who somehow manages to shake up his world in unexpected ways.
Misunderstanding, miscommunication, and a host of other errors in social interaction serendipitously lead Don and Rosie along as they pursue a side project of hers, but while they are paying attention to their joint effort, subtle changes are occurring, and without the distress that Don would have predicted. What is happening? Surely he is not falling in love with this “unsuitable” person?
The Rosie Project: A Novel was a delightful and transformative journey that led to unexpected outcomes. Will Don be able to allow the changes? Can he modify his methods of operating after so many years? What does Rosie really want? And what will happen, ultimately, to the two of them?
Set in Australia, the story is narrated in Don’s first person voice, which allows the reader to engage completely. We can immediately feel his awkwardness, watch how he assesses the people he meets, and study the processes he uses to reach conclusions. All very detached, without emotion. An example: when meeting someone, he estimates age and BMI, a very scientific approach, devoid of feeling. How did Don become this kind of person? What will he need to do to achieve different outcomes?
A story that I highly recommend for all those “imperfect” individuals who fear that they will not find love because of their inability to fit into the conventional mold. I also recommend this tale for those who enjoy connecting with the “weird” and socially challenged characters that are not usually romantic heroes. Five stars.