The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion
Simon & Schuster, 2013. 304 pgs. Fiction
Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics who has decided it's time he found a wife. So he develops a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the possible mates with "undesirable" qualities (smokers, drinkers, people who don't arrive on-time to everything, etc), and dubs it the Wife Project. Rosie Jarman is, according to the survey, completely incompatible. Don quickly disqualifies her as a possible wife candidate, but decides to help Rosie with her own project of finding her biological father. An unlikely friendship develops between the two, and Don is puzzled to find that he can't stop thinking about Rosie.
This is a charming, sweet, funny, engrossing book, and I stayed up far later than I should have to read it. Don seems to be a very similar character to Sheldon Cooper of TV's Big Bang Theory, and seeing his life slowly change to accomodate the whirlwind of change that is Rosie is an enthralling process. There is some language but if you can get past that this will most likely be a highly enjoyable read.