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Ahh, summer … the perfect time to kick back at the beach and relax with a glass of sweet tea and a book.
But summer days call for the right kind of book: something light, something fun and maybe just little bit fluffy. My most recent book to hit that beach-read sweet spot was “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. I read this over a sunny weekend getaway down at Beaufort, and it was an ideal companion for lounging on the porch with the ceiling fan spinning lazily overhead.
“The Rosie Project” tells the story of Don Tillman, a genetics professor who happens to be far better at efficiency and control than he is at interpersonal relationships. Struck by the feeling that something is missing in his life, he decides to set about finding a romantic partner. Of course, the only way to find the perfect partner is by the application of scientific principles — right? But somehow his multi-page questionnaire and analytical approach seems to be driving away more women than it attracts. How is he ever going to find his match?
One thing is absolutely certain; his match could never be Rosie. She’s just a bartender he’s helping in a professional capacity to track down the father she never met. Rosie doesn’t meet a single one of the criteria on his list, but somehow he finds himself sucked into her own particular brand of chaos. She’s a free spirit, a fount of spontaneity, a total disaster — but somehow, when he’s around her, he’s never bored.
Pure romantic comedy from start to finish, this is a book to be giggled through and ended with a smile. Apparently other folks thought this was a good book, too, because a film adaptation is in the works. There’s also a sequel, “The Rosie Effect”; I haven’t read it yet, but I bet it’s just as charming. Beat the rush and check out a copy today!
“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion, published by Simon and Schuster is available at the Wilson County Public Library in regular, large print and audiobook.
Genevieve Baillie is extension services librarian at the Wilson County Public Library.