One of the books of the year.
I’m calling it, even though we’re months away from the year ending. This book by Australian writer Graeme Simsion is one of the most intelligent and humorous books on romance that I’ve ever read. I’m not a huge rom-com fan, especially when it comes to books — but this is so good. A book that anyone couldn’t help but love (even my boyfriend, whose favorite writers include William Blake and T.S. Eliot, loved it)(seriously, everyone from your younger sister to your surly uncle will like this one).
Don is a socially inept though intellectually brilliant university professor, who becomes an unlikely hero. His search for a life partner encourages him to start The Wife Project, though his approach to romance is more like a strategic research project. Seriously funny, awkward moments and the craziest (but believable) scenarios ensue. But what I really like about this book is that it stumbles across romance, rather than drives for it. For me, it was so revealing about the human condition, and how we expect so much of ourselves and of others, when we should really just embrace who we are — and then maybe happiness will follow.
Ok, so that might sound a little cheesy, but I promise it’s anything but. The Rosie Project is hysterically funny, and I honestly wish I could read it for the first time all over again… Lucky for me, there’s a sequel: The Rosie Effect (and, yes, I’ve already ordered it!). And there’s also a film in the works, which already has Richard Linklater signed on to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to play the female lead, Rosie.
Have you read it yet? What are some of your favorite books to come out this year?