The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
When I picked this book up, I didn't think I would be able to get through it. Why? Because I found Don's voice to be dry, overly logical, and overwhelmingly factual.
Interestingly enough, that's exactly why I ended up loving this book. Don is a character that will be impossible to forget. I've never read anyone so quirky. Of course, this is owing to the Asperger's. I've met several people in my life with Asperger's, and I've always wondered how their minds work. What does their internal dialogue sound like? While I understand that this author isn't on the spectrum himself, I think he pretty accurately displays what that thought process might look like.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evolution that Don went through by the end of the book. I think it started before he realized. By the last chapter, he was making a conscious effort to be more "normal". However, it started long before that. In fact, it began when he decided to help Rosie find her father. His quirkiness was endearing.
I can understand Rosie's hesitation and even frustration with Don. While he couldn't help being the way he was, it can get annoying when you are trying to convey a message and have to spell it out for the person, especially when you're not sure if, not only does the person share your feelings, but if they can.
The parts where he is thinking about sex are probably the best. I can actually feel the awkwardness coming off the pages. I'm also glad that Phil ended up being her father.