The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and other “Light Reads”

IMG_2138I’m probably the last person in the world to read it, but I finished The Rosie Project night before last – what a treat!  It’s a delicious confection of a book – made with quality ingredients, leaving a sweet aftertaste.  I think it’s truly challenging to write a “light read” that isn’t cloying or stupid.  I have read some real bombs in my quest for lighter, fun reading.  I seek that balance between heavier reading fare and escapist lit, but I want my escapism to be well-written!  Graeme Simsion has succeeded in writing a fun read that is charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and doesn’t insult the reader’s intelligence.

For the three people who haven’t yet read it, genetics professor Don Tillman, who, as the reader discovers, obviously has some form of Asperger’s Syndrome, embarks on a quest to find the perfect woman.  His “Wife Project,” complete with in-depth questionnaire, soon takes a back seat to his new friend Rosie’s “Father Project,” her quest to ascertain the identity of her real father.  As they investigate the different dad candidates, their budding friendship unfolds pretty realistically in my opinion, and they share a great natural chemistry.  There’s a scene at a faculty ball (which they both attend with different people) that is particularly cinematic and delightful.  This is an entertaining, feel-good read with characters to root for.  I’m definitely going to read the sequel, The Rosie Effect, but not just yet.  I’ve got lots of books lined up right now (of course!)

I’m always on the hunt for some light reading that’s smartly done.  In the past I’ve really enjoyed authors Elinor Lipman (Then She Found Me, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift,) Sarah Addison Allen (Garden Spells, Lost Lake,) and Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street series) when I’ve been wanting something lighter.  But I need some new authors – I’d love some suggestions!

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