Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie ProjectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great read! I can see why it’s selling so well – it has broad appeal, and is a little difficult to pigeonhole. It’s a little bit RomCom, and readers who enjoy light romances will find enough of the boy-meets-girl/boy-makes-a-mess-of-every-opportunity/boy-seems-certain-to-lose-girl elements to maintain their interest. It will also appeal to readers who like quirky characters. I’m sure there are also a lot of readers who see one or two things about themselves in the main characters, and read on to see how they fare!

The story is engaging, and the book is easy to read, but best of all is the quality of the writing. It’s a superbly-crafted book, and it didn’t surprise me to learn that it began as a several story ideas, grew into a short story, then emerged as a film script. The author then turned it into a novel – through all these metamorphoses it has been honed and refined to create a book that ticks all the boxes. The characters are three-dimensional and believable; the story has enough twists and puzzles to maintain interest; and some of the scenes really do make the reader laugh out loud.

The book has been optioned by a major film company so hopefully we will see it on the big screen at last – luckily the author is doing the screenplay so it will retain the sense of craftmanship that makes the book such an enjoyable and worthwhile read.

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