The Rosie Project by Graeme simsion

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I liked it, I thought he was like Sherlock without the misanthropy. I live with 2 people on the spectrum and they simply are hilarious much of the time, intentionally or not, you can't beat yourself up for laughing.

MmmIceCream Tue 29-Apr-14 10:54:17

I liked it enough, but have been a little surprised that so many people are raving about it. I'd give it 7/10 for the reasons others have said, but not more

notadoctor Thu 24-Apr-14 01:02:17

I've just finished this. As others have said, I thought it was an enjoyable, quick read - it made me smile a few times but it really lacked depth for me.

If you enjoy books written from the POV of a character who views the world differently I'd really reccomend 'The Shock of the Fall' - its style is v reminiscent of Curious Incident although the lead character has mental health issues rather than being ASD.

Thewhingingdefective Sat 19-Apr-14 23:13:51

I'm two-thirds through it. Enjoying it, but I have only been taking it as a light-hearted rom-com, not a character study of someone on the autistic spectrum. That said, I do find Don a bit of a flat character.

FernieB Sat 19-Apr-14 21:12:34

I read it and enjoyed it as a light-hearted book albeit with Sheldon in mind. I don't think it was intended to deal with the subject seriously, if it was then it failed.

Skivvysue Fri 18-Apr-14 09:52:54

I'm glad I wasn't the only one. After reading the curious incident book this was a let down and I cannot believe they will make a film from it! To put Steve Carrell in the lead I'm not sure if it would be very funny or very insensitive.

BasketzatDawn Thu 17-Apr-14 23:44:27

I liked it okay but agree about the crude stereotyping and some bits left me uncomfortable for that reason. AspieSon did read part of it too and found it amusing, and ScienceStudentSon was amused too. For some of it you did have to suspend disbelief, I think. e.g. that he got away with breaking the rules over personal research and approaching all those doctors.

LocalEditorOxford Thu 17-Apr-14 20:42:23

Did any of you read the bit at the back about how the book came about? I think it explained a lot about why it was a bit stereotypey with the ASD behaviour. Basically he just based it on geeks he knew and loved, from what I could understand. It was a lighthearted, funny read, but not something that revealed any hidden depths or made startling revelations to me.

And yy to the Big Bang comment - I read the whole thing with the voice of Sheldon Cooper narrating it inside my head

I know! It played up to too many stereotypes for me to enjoy it. Not just Don, but his friends (Serial Shagger, collecting conquests from around the world, seriously?) and Rosie herself.

Skivvysue Thu 17-Apr-14 18:05:33

I agree. And I can't believe no one ever said anything to him regarding his research proposal about high acheivers and ASD!

Maybe the author is keeping it open for a follow up!

I think it was in danger of laughing at the main character rather than with him at times.

I kept waiting for the theme of 'everyone can tell he has ASD but him' to take a back seat in the story, but it never really did.

Too many cliches about men with ASD for me. A bit lazy and Big Bang-ish without ever developing into anything further.

Skivvysue Thu 17-Apr-14 17:07:00

I have just read this book in 2 days. My son has ASD and my partner buys me
All these ASD related books. I'm not sure what I thought of it. I laughed because I recognise some of the behaviours. I just am not sure he deals with the ASD subject well enough. What do y'all think???

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