Book Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

January 3, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme SimsionThe Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-09-30
Genres: Fiction, General, Humorous, Romance
Pages: 336
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Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge. Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most. Get ready to fall in love all over again.

My Thoughts

I’m not sure what it was but I just could not love this book as much as book one, The Rosie Project. It may be that I was so in love with The Rosie Project that my hopes were quite high, or it could be that I just did not love the characters like I did in book one. Whatever it was, from page one it threw me. As a fan of the characters and the writing I was really upset that I could not get into this one.

Sadly it just got sort of worse from there. Don was up to all of his normal antics but things were off because of the plot. He is now married and Rosie has put some changes into his life, which I really enjoyed by the way, but then a HUGE change happens that he is just not ready for. The way this change comes about really upset me. With a person like Don, Rosie should know that this change would be crazy for him. She should also know that it would take time and a lot of understanding for Don and for her, but there is none of that. All of the great stuff from book one seemed to be missing from this one. Don was still his brilliant, hilarious self, but the rest of it was just… blah. Blah and upsetting!

Gene comes back but the whole storyline surrounding Gene upset me too. The way Don goes about this part of the book is frustrating! I really disliked the interaction between all of the characters but it seems that Rosie was a completely different person in this one. I get that she’s pregnant but come on. Women don’t do a 180 because they’re pregnant. I loved her personality in The Rosie Project and was hoping for them to have a great relationship and I couldn’t wait to read more… at least until I started reading more.

The only thing that worked for me was Don. He is his normal brilliant self, although a friend brought up that if he has Asperger’s maybe the book is going a tad too far. It’s unrealistic for Don to behave in certain ways and then all of a sudden do something completely different. It’s going to take some time for him, maybe a LOT of time, and that wasn’t taken into account in this one.

I wound up liking Gene a bit more than in the beginning and loving Don through the entire thing but I still have massive questions about Rosie. Redeeming quality? Don! Of course!

In short: If you liked the first, you may like this one also. Beware there are a few plot lines that just do not mesh with the characters for book one but it is still worth reading.

Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3 / 5
3 / 5
Overall: 3.3 / 5



The Author

Graeme C. Simsion is a New Zealand born Australian author, screen-writer, playwright and data modeller. He recently won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award for his book, The Rosie Project.Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling.

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