The entire time I was reading this charming novel, I thought- its going to be a movie. I can so clearly see it in my head. Who would I cast? Probably Neil Patrick Harris as Don Tillman, the genetics professor who is socially awkward (he might have a form of Asbergers) yet handsome and brilliant. Then there’s Rosie Jarman the smart, sassy barmaid who befriends Don could be played by someone like Jennifer Lawrence who could bring warmth and depth to this fiery woman.
Here’s what you need to know (from Amazon):
Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet.
But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father – a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.
The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you.
What I thought:
I loved this book! I thought it was so well written and I found Don Tillman to be endearing. He reminded me a little of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Rosie is sassy and funny and has her own issues to deal with which is what makes her character three dimensional and interesting. I didn’t want the book to end and I stayed up extra late to see how it was going to all play out.
Upon reading other reviews on this novel I found out that indeed, the movie rights have been purchased and The Rosie Project will be a film. Exciting news! You can read more about that here.
This is a great novel, I highly recommend it!