“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion : Review

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. Coming from a psychology/PhD background as a reader, Simsion manages to pretty much perfectly capture telling a story from the perspective of someone on the autism spectrum (based on my basic undergraduate understanding of ASD). Cringe-worthy but endearing social awkwardness. Reeling off facts like a verbal Wikipedia at the drop of a hat. Discomfort at slight changes and, at times complete upheaval, of well-ingrained routine.

I think Simsion strikes the tricky balance of writing a story that’s a comedy-drama just right. He writes in a way that makes you engage and connect with the protagonist from the first chapter – the writing is charmingly accurate when describing both the amusing and the more serious aspects of the plot – and makes you want to keep reading. Though the plot’s basic structure focuses around a love story, there are a number of other complex issues that pepper the storyline, including father-daughter relationships, open marriages, social norms, and the annoying but inevitable politics of university research.

I highly recommend “The Rosie Project” to anyone considering it – a background in psychology or postgraduate studies is certainly not necessary as the writing is accessible and inviting. One of the quickest and most enjoyable reads I’ve had!
I’m a bit late coming to this book, like a lot of things – have you read it? What were your thoughts?
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Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Heike Herrling

    LOVE this book and have just started the sequel – The Rosie Effect. Such a delightful read – great pace and many laugh out loud moments.


  2. birdandfox

    Excellent to hear, Heike! I just purchased The Rosie Effect and am very much looking forward to diving into it 🙂


  3. Joan - AZestyLife

    I too loved this book. I don't normally read "funny" books but this was terrific, written in a light-hearted way not to poke fun but to appreciate our differences, which sometimes are comical and always make life interesting!


  4. birdandfox

    Very true, Joan. At no point did I feel like Simsion was making fun of anyone, which is a difficult feat to achieve when you're highlighting differences between people. Can't wait to read the sequel – keep an eye out for a review of that once I get through it! xx


  5. Vanessa Beattie

    I've bought the audio book version and am very much looking forward to listening to it now I've read this review. Thank you. V.


  6. birdandfox

    I'm glad, Vanessa! Enjoy! xx


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