Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

9781443422666The Rosie Project 

by Graeme Simsion
ISBN: 9781443422666
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2013

Two things: First, the character is not Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, but he will remind you of him at times; second, this book is meant to entertain and enlighten, but not to change the world.

How you respond to those two facts dictates how you will respond to this book. 

Some find the main character’s resemblance to Sheldon charming and engaging. Others roll their eyes and dismiss the book because of the similarity. Some readers settle into this book with a light heart that allows them to enjoy the story for the pleasant romp that it is. Others pick it up with the expectation that the challenges faced by those with Asperger syndrome should be dutifully and seriously addressed. These readers rail against every perceived cliché and misrepresented fact.

I settled into this book with a light heart. I found Don Tillman’s resemblance to Sheldon charming and engaging. 

I don’t see The Rosie Project as a textbook examination of Asperger syndrome. I don’t think a novel should have to bear that awesome responsibility. Does it raise awareness of the prevalence of Asperger syndrome in society? Yes. Will it encourage people to be more understanding of people who navigate society differently from most? Yes. Does it entertain and enlighten? Yes.

That’s good enough for me.


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on February 5, 2014, in Book reviews, Books for the beach, Books I bought, Fiction, HarperCollins and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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