Book Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie EffectWhat’s it about?

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while 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 for ever?

My thoughts

This book was our book club read for March.  It’s the sequel to The Rosie Project and a lot has happened since the Project I was looking forward to re-visiting these characters and see how they were getting on.

So the book started off at a good pace and it felt like old times, Don was just…well Don and Rosie seemed ok, settled.  But then their situation changes and things start to fall apart.  Don starts taking bad advice from his new group of friends which just ends up in a whole other world of mess.

There were some amusing scenes but they didn’t provoke proper laugh out loud moments for me…all those things that you loved about the first one, either didn’t carry through to this one or were just missing.

I don’t think it helped that I didn’t really like Rosie in this book and thought she treated Don somewhat badly for reasons that were pretty poor and unclear.  And what was going on with Gene, although you loved to hate to him, having this complete reversal in his character was daft and somewhat unbelievable.

I think if you enjoy farcical novels or things like Mr Bean you’ll like this.  Overall, a little disappointing in comparison to the first book and one that would probably be better received as a movie.

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7 Comments

  1. 26th April 2016 / 9:07 am

    I thought this was a disappointing sequel too. Really loved The Rosie Project but some of this was just silly!

    • 28th April 2016 / 4:54 pm

      Yeah there was some really stuff in it…I thought some of this book could have been included in the first as an epilogue.

  2. 26th April 2016 / 9:18 am

    I agree completely! I loved The Rosie Project but didn’t like The Rosie Effect at all… It was unrealistic and even cringeworthy at times. Plus, I thought that Simsion went a bit too far with some of the things that were supposed to be funny. Like Don being arrested because it looks like he is spying on children and all the stuff that happens afterwards. I didn’t think that was funny at all… And Rosie bugged me too!

    • 5th May 2016 / 12:30 pm

      I know what you mean; the parts that were supposed to be funny were just forced, like they had big arrows pointing at them saying ‘laugh here’ 🙁

  3. 26th April 2016 / 9:51 am

    I am always wary of sequels, they often are a disappointment.

    • 28th April 2016 / 4:46 pm

      I don’t read that many to be honest, infact I think this may only be the 3rd/4th series I’ve read…maybe I’m subconciously steering clear 🙂

      • 28th April 2016 / 9:00 pm

        That’s wise 🙂 Fantasy books are often divided in series and I just started three one them this month, this is hell!

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