I normally read science fiction and fantasy, but last year one of my favorite books was ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette“, a beautifully written story with a quirky lead. This book followed along that vein. The story of Don Tillman (who is undiagnosed, but has Asperger’s), a genetics professor. It’s about fitting in, it’s about being yourself, it’s about growing, it’s (of course) about love. I gave this book 4 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
Don Tillman has had no luck in finding a serious relationship. He has decided to initiate his ‘Wife Project’, a long questionnaire meant to find his wife (at the end he has a beautiful revelation that it was really to find someone who would accept him- instead of someone he could accept). He meets Rosie and decides to help her identify her father (since he is a genetics professor, he can run the DNA test) and they go on several adventures getting DNA samples- hence The Rosie Project. He finally realizes, that despite the fact she has failed his Wife test, he loves her. He then initiates The Don Project, so he can be with Rosie. He modifies his social behavior, but he doesn’t change himself.
What did I think about this book?
I loved that the story is told from Don’s point of view. His friends know he has Asperger’s, but don’t want to tell him. Instead they ask him to do a presentation on it (and he still doesn’t get it). It was great to see him fall in love- and act irrationally, and try to rationalize his behavior.
“I have heard the word stunning used to describe women, but this was the first time I had actually been stunned by one.”
-This book made me feel good