Read: February 2017
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 for The Rosie Effect, the new hilarious and heart-wrenching romantic comedy of the year.
I initially thought, after reading The Rosie Project, that any other book in the series wouldn’t be able to compete, and while this one definitely wasn’t as brilliant as the first book, it was still a lot of fun! I’ll always love Don and Rosie and it was fun to read about their latest adventure, with Rosie being pregnant.
Essentially, the whole story was what I thought it would be, with Don being his usual scientific and fact-based self, but there were lots of twists and turns along the way. The characters are just as compelling and since I had gone through two pregnancies myself, it was interesting to see how Don handled it versus how Rosie handled it. And it was just a fun read, in general! I don’t think it was a necessary book in the series; really, the first book didn’t need a spin-off, but it was fun, nonetheless. I do hope that this is the last of the Don and Rosie books, but I’m sure if Graeme Simsion released another I’d read it. Like I said, they’re just great characters!
Definitely read this one only if you’ve read the first book because then you’ll get the charm of Don’s character, but if you loved the first book immensely, maybe proceed with caution or you might not enjoy it.