The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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  • Fabian
    Sep 13, 2016


    Ultracharming and very very, uh, cute. The singular voice of the main character is enough to convince the reader that a love story exists in anything. This rom-com takes some DNA from various films, especially "As Good As It Gets." Worth a read, its likely to become a film very soon (t...

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Aug 25, 2016

    Cait • A Page with a View

    This book was so completely adorable and had me actually laughing out loud several times!It's told through the POV of Don, a scientist with Asperger's who is basically Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang theory. He compiles an extensive (and logical) list of the qualities he wants in a wi...

  • Cathrine ☯
    Aug 15, 2016

    Cathrine ☯

    4To date 53 friends, and now myself, have reviewed or rated this book. I read all your reviews but I will light up the home feed if I like them all.Our protagonist would appreciate a breakdown I’m sure.5/194/243/92/2If only I was better at math I could list that with percentages. ...

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    Aug 11, 2016

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    4.5 'Nerds Need Love Too' stars. This wasn't a traditional romance novel, but I enjoyed the romantic aspect of this story quite a bit. There was also a fun and interesting journey with Don and Rosie gathering dozens of samples of DNA to determine who might be Rosie's biological father....

  • Jilly
    Jul 30, 2016


    He had me at the "kill the baby" scene.I laughed so hard at Don Tillman's way of looking at life. He talks like a technical manual, doesn't understand sarcasm, is brutally honest, and is basically a genius who doesn't have a clue. It was awesome.Don decides that to get a wife he will m...

  • Sam Quixote
    Jul 24, 2016

    Sam Quixote

    Don Tillman is an Associate Professor of Genetics with (probably) Asperger’s Syndrome who has decided that, as he is nearing 40, he will solve “the wife problem” (ie. not being married) by creating a questionnaire that will ascertain, for him, the perfect wife and then m...

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Jun 11, 2016

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    Actual rating : 3.5 starsFrom the moment I finished it I knew I had one critical task to perform : To review this project book. Although the timing is particularly annoying, I realized that the several options I faced made my choice incredibly clear. Not reviewing this book, resulting...

  • Ayesha
    Jun 11, 2016


    Don, If you were real I would marry you in a heartbeat. Don, If you were real I would marry you in a heartbeat. ♡♡♡♡ ...more ...

  • Maureen
    May 30, 2016


    I actually ended up enjoying this book much more than I originally thought I would. At the forefront it seems extremely sexist and not that great plot-wise, but it definitely addresses those issues and works through them with character development, which I found to be fantastic.The onl...

  • Theresa
    May 5, 2016


    Don Tillman is an absolute hoot! I loved his odd, technical way of speaking. Don is a professor of genetics and he's looking for someone to share his life with. He's socially-awkward, lonely, and over- analytical to a fault. He's pushing 40 and he's had a difficult time in the romance ...