Nov 15, 2014

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project.

Until a year ago, forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date. Until he met Rosie, 'the world's most incompatible woman'. Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage.

But though Rosie has taught him the joys of unscheduled sex and spontaneous meal planning, life is still not plain sailing for Don. Not least with the sudden arrival of his best friend Gene, serial philanderer, who takes up residence on their sofa.

Then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And soon Don must face her hormonally induced irrational behaviour as he prepares for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie forever?

Join Don and Rosie in the next chapter of their weird and wonderful journey in Graeme Simsion's unmissable new novel, The Rosie Effect.


Don and Rosie are living in New York City and they're married. Don considers himself extremely lucky with his wife and his current circumstances. He still likes to live according to his schedules, but things aren't always going according to plan. His troubles start when he has to go to a party without Rosie. There he gets into trouble which has consequences for other trouble he gets himself in and everything snowballs from there. Rosie is pregnant and Don has to prepare for fatherhood which he does in his own, characteristic way. He's gathering data and he reads everything he can read about pregnancy and babies. His best friend from Australia, Gene, is coming to stay with them and as Don and Rosie don't have enough space Don solves the problem in an effective and original way. Rosie isn't very happy with their guest, but Gene has nowhere else to go. Don is trying to make things right, but that isn't very easy. Is Don ready to become a father and will he be able to be the husband Rosie needs? He wants to avoid making her stressed at all costs to protect the baby, but what about his problems? Can he share them with Rosie or does he have no choice but to keep things from her?
Don is wonderful, I loved him in The Rosie Project and that hasn't changed. I like the way he thinks and how he handles everything in his own way. He's naive and takes things far to literally which is why he's getting into trouble over and over again. Rosie isn't a sympathetic partner for him at all in my opinion. I didn't like her very much in this book to be honest. She had her reasons, but was selfish and not emphatic.  Don does everything he can to make things right, but he keeps screwing up. I loved the sense of humor behind it. I also really liked the tone of voice of the story and I couldn't wait to find out how Don would try to save himself. What I liked best about this novel is the friendships he formed. Don has several friends and he's good to them, the best friend they could ever have actually. He's grown as a person and has become much more social, but his smart and unusual way of thinking remains the same. Plus he's not so much set in his rigid ways, he likes a couple of drinks every now and then and is a bit more flexible. He's absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed reading this story very much. The Rosie Effect is a lot of fun, it's different from The Rosie Project. For me that's a good thing and I think it's a great sequel.


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