All members of the group agreed this was an entertaining, humorous novel; some even enjoyed a couple of ‘laugh out loud’ moments. The main protagonist, Don, a high functioning person with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome, is looking for a wife. Through Don’s narration, you soon learn logic is his favoured tool for decision making. However, on occasion we felt this was not always consistently voiced and his actions were out of character.
Whilst appreciating ‘learnt behaviour’ could change some aspects of his life, there were a couple of scenes which appear to have been written more for a visual audience, (possibly with a film/play in mind, rather than a novel?), or to quickly round off the storyline.We questioned the aim of the book, particularly given the number of other publications on the market with a subject matter relating to Asperger’s, and concluded that what this particular book does well, is provide an insightful view of the different ways each character navigates their complex emotional world…Don just does things his way. The phrase ‘normalising the condition’ was used more than once in the discussion and by different members of the group, but always followed by a united ’whatever normal means!’
Whilst the themes are issue lead, the book is light and verges on the chick lit genre. Llantwit Major Library Book Group unanimously recommends ‘The Rosie Project’ as a good read.