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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

The Rosie Project: A Novel

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion Yes, this book is as good as everyone says. After half a decade of editing, polishing, and even consulting with Hollywood heavy-hitters, Graeme Simsion has reason to be proud. His book, THE ROSIE PROJECT, is a story that most anyone will enjoy.

It took me a few attempts to get into THE ROSIE PROJECT. I was a bit off-put by the similarities to the Big Bang Theory’s character Sheldon Lee Cooper, but people love Sheldon for a reason. The protagonist in this book, Don Tillman, is also a highly educated professor who struggles to fit into social norms due to having Asperger’s. The author did a fantastic job at making Don realistic and lovable.

Don’s main conflict is to find a suitable wife, and as the book’s title would suggest, a woman by the name of Rosie steps into the picture. Without giving away too many spoilers, Don and Rosie begin to work together to find Rosie’s real father. The project is appropriately named The Father Project. I felt some of The Father Project may have dragged on a bit, but hang in there, because the author gives you good reason for the length.

And that’s just it: the book has a high level of polish. The foreshadowing, the thematic elements, the comedy—everything—comes off well. Anyone looking for a raw read should move on to something else; this book comes off as effortless (when really it took many people many hours to complete).

The whole story concludes nicely with some nice little twists. Most of it is funny and heartwarming with a few frustrations that the characters face, but nothing that will produce rivers of tears (as is the trend in a lot of novels in this genre).

Bottom line: if you want something lighthearted to read, this is it.