If you’re one for genres, this is a romantic comedy. But it’s a romantic comedy like no other. Don Tillman likes lists and order, that’s the way things have always been and he’s not willing to change that. So when he decides to cave to social conventions and find himself a wife, he creates a scientific test to find the perfect partner. If only things were as simple as someone scoring high on a questionnaire.
Despite his quirks, and there are many, Don Tillman is a likeable character. He is sweet, naïve and funny, obviously not on purpose. Many have compared him to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper, and they’re right, but I thought of him more of a grown up Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Neither of them think like us but we fall in love with them nonetheless, and it is the characters that drive the story.
So where does the romance in this romantic comedy come from? We all know opposites attract so when Rosie comes onto the scene you can’t help but smile. She ticks none of Don’s boxes and throws his carefully formed world into chaos. The plot is a little predictable but it’s telling is unique. It’s an upbeat read that will leave you smiling.