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Book review: ‘The Rosie Project’ is unconventional, entertaining

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"THE ROSIE PROJECT," by Graeme Simsion, Simon and Schuster, $24, 295 pages (f)

Graeme Simsion's "The Rosie Project" is a humorous novel that tells the story of a very unconventional romance. It is a moving story about two people who emerge victorious after facing life’s challenges.

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics. He is a scientific genius and is very adept when it comes to logical thinking. In all social aspects of his life, he is completely ignorant and has no idea how to act around women.

In an effort to find a suitable match, Don develops what he dubs the “Wife Project.” It is a lengthy questionnaire that helps him narrow down the large pool of potential mates. He knows he can never like someone who works at a bar, who is not punctual and who dances.

In the meantime, Don meets a woman named Rosie Jarman. She is a loud, fiery and intelligent woman who is nothing like Don’s perfect match. Despite this, he agrees to use his expertise to help her find her biological father.

Fans of the “The Big Bang Theory” comedy will enjoy this book because Don's character mirrors that of the show's main character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Like Sheldon, Don is awkward in his interactions with people and has several eccentric behaviors that make him unique.

The best part about the book is the wry humor. Often, Don classifies people based on their appearances and personalities.

One of the most humorous parts is when Don is denied entrance into a restaurant because he lacks a suitable dinner jacket. In his thinking, wearing a fancy jacket has no practical value — and he makes sure he expresses that view to the restaurant staff.

There are several sexual references made and other minor objectionable language.

Overall, “The Rosie Project” is a feel-good, humorous novel.

If you go ...

What: Graeme Simsion book signing

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com, graemesimsion.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.