I’d heard good things about this book, but I wasn’t entirely sure. A book about a man who sets out to find the perfect wife using science? It all sounds a bit chick-lit. But I thought I’d give it a go.
I was hooked right from the start.
Don Tillman is 39 years old and has never had a girlfriend. As a scientist, he thinks he can find the perfect wife using a questionnaire. But he hasn’t considered that human beings aren’t perfect and there is a lot more to relationships than ticking the right box.
This is a hilarious book. It is all written in the first person by Don, who lives life in a very different way to most of us – with every second of the day accounted for, every meal planned and every item of clothing selected for its practical qualities.
It starts with Don giving a lecture on Asperger’s, which he researches thoroughly. This is quite ironic as it’s clear Don has Asperger’s himself, but he is gloriously unaware. He knows he is slightly different, but he lives his life logically and can’t see why anyone would want to be illogical.
Then in walks Rosie, who ticks none of the boxes. The regular meals and the regular running and martial arts training go out of the window as Rosie sends Don’s life into disarray. And Don finds himself researching, among other things, making cocktails and sexual positions – just in case.
It might be about man meets woman, but this really isn’t chick-lit – it is a very funny and well-written book, which I absolutely loved reading. It is very easy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes humorous novels.