'You don't choose who you fall in love with, and it doesn't matter who they are, it comes with a very certain and specific struggle.'
Actor Joshua Sasse, 28 about his fiancee Kylie Minogue, 48
You don't go looking for love, it finds you and that this powerful feeling for another person often defies logic are the underlying themes in this debut novel The Rosie Project by Australian author Graeme Simsion.
An international sensation, this hilarious feel good 2013 novel is narrated by Professor Don Tillman, an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor, on an unusual quest - to find out if he is capable of true love. He is so wedded to his schedule (aka Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory), that an idea of being wedded to an actual woman precludes him. He designs a 16 page questionnaire to sieve out the potential candidates but which narrows his options. Enter Rosie Jarman, who scores a perfect zero, but in his interest to help her find her biological father (the Father Project), he discovers that opposites do attract and that he had unknowingly fallen in love with her and tries to win her over (the Rosie Project).
This novel was a gift from my 14 year old daughter Ranya for my birthday this year. A very thoughtful gift because she knows my love for reading. She had seen a video of a book haul featuring books to get for your mom and she chose this book for me. (Thank you darling - an absolutely unique book which I enjoyed reading all the 304 pages very much).
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has tenaciously gone after love in the face of overwhelming challenges. Available online at Amazon for US$10.
A sequel, The Rosie Effect, has also been published in 2014. Look out for its book review soon!