The Rosie Project is a story of Don Tillman, a scientist and scholar, who intends to find the perfect wife by using a carefully formulated questionnaire. Genetics professor Don Tillman believes he has developed the perfect way of finding a suitable wife. Tillman has developed an intensive set of questions he refers to as “The Wife Project.” Tillman has had difficulty communicating with people in the past due to his sense of rigidity, carefully manicured and efficient life, and “unusual wiring.”
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Tillman's friends, Claudia and Gene, both psychologists, work as Tillman's sounding board. Gene has a project of his own – to sleep with a woman from every country in the world. Gene tries to convince himself, and everyone else, that his wife approves because it is all being done in the name of science.
Gene decides to introduce Tillman to Rosie, a student in Gene's department at the university. Tillman identifies Rosie as being wholly unsuitable in every way yet they have one interest in common – genetics. Rosie is conducting her own search titled “The Father Project.” Rosie wants to know the identity of her biological father. Rosie and Tillman decide to work together to find answers.
Thus begin the madcap adventures of Tillman and Rosie as they scheme ways in which to gather DNA of possible candidates for Rosie's father. The pair ends up traveling around the world to track down the men and developing sometimes comical ruses to capture and test their DNA. During this time, Tillman and Rosie fall in love.
Tillman takes liberties at the genetics lab to run tests on the DNA samples. Tillman gets caught. Although Tillman is an excellent professor and researcher, he does not fit into the university's mold and is given the option to resign. Tillman resigns and he and Rosie move to New York and get married.
Best part of story, including ending:
I love this story. It is reminiscent of madcap comedies of the 1930s with wacky ruses and unexpected outcomes.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Tillman realizes that he has been making excuses to be with Rosie and that he, in fact, is in love with her.
Opinion about the main character:
I like Tillman's quirkiness and overly scientific approach to everything and how he struggles to overcome some of that in order to be with Rosie.