Don Tillman is at once the most and least reliable narrator I’ve ever encountered in a book.
Before I get into it more, though, fair warning: there are some mild spoilers for The Rosie Project
herein, so if you want to remain unspoiled, go run out and read it right now. It’s totally worth it. Then come back. I’ll wait.
Okay, now that you’ve read The Rosie Project
, you know Don is, in his own words, not average. The earlier book opens with Don leading a lecture on Asperger’s syndrome, which he’s never been diagnosed with, but the subtext is that he’s on the autism spectrum. Don is straightforward, never lies, and is completely baffled by human emotion and interpersonal relationships. But he grows and changes over the course of The Rosie Project