The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion: Book review

The Rosie Effect
Book title/Author: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Publisher/Year: December 30th 2014 Penguin
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: Don Tillman #2
Pages: 411
Source/Format: Hardback | Borrowed from library
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

*This review may contain spoilers!*


With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project...

As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly a prime example of marital happiness, and as his life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable Don needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as his practical expertise...

My review

I read The Rosie Project a couple of months ago, but unfortunately I didn't like this book quite so much. Maybe because I was so pleasantly surprised by The Rosie Project that I thought this one would be just as good, but it wasn't.

This book was a nice continuation of the story as it takes place not long after the ending of The Rosie Project, so I felt comfortable jumping right in and not feeling as though I had missed something big. However there was some character growth, and in most instances I still felt the same about them, but Rosie seemed a bit off and I didn't like her as much. I didn't like the way she treated Don most of the time, and I know that she had gone through a lot, but I still think that her actions were a bit unnecessary.

Something that I really enjoyed about The Rosie Project was how funny it was, with Graeme creating some really funny one-liners and conversations, but I just didn't feel that with this one. Perhaps it was because most of the relationships in this book became tenser, and there was less opportunity for fun.

The general plot of this book was a lot more serious than the light-hearted romance in the first book, with the theme being about making marriages work and preparing for a family. Naturally there was going to be some tense scenes, but I felt as if that was all there was. On the other hand, the ending was fast-paced and felt a lot more like the whole of the first book, which was a nice way to end it.

I think if you liked The Rosie Project, then you should go ahead and try The Rosie Effect, even though I personally didn't like it as much. It was still a good book, better than a lot of books I've read, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.



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