Reviewing ‘The Rosie Effect’

‘The Rosie Effect’, a continuation from ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion, tells of the next chapter (or in this case book) of Don Tillman’s life with Rosie. This time, she’s pregnant.

Not only that, but the two are married, living in New York and struggling to make ends meet. Life is stressful, but they’re managing, at least until the pregnancy occurs. Contrary to ‘The Rosie Project’, this book was a lot more intense. Having never gone through pregnancy and not really being able to remember anyone being pregnant, I’m not entirely sure what it’s like or how accurate Simsion was in his depiction of it (I’m assuming fairly accurate). It did seem very stressful and heart-breaking in a way. The Rosie I really enjoyed from the first book was completely different this time around. And with Don being exactly the same, it was inevitable that things would clash.

Still, I really enjoyed it. The writing was up to standard, it was funny despite the intensity in places and the characters were realistic. Well, there were a few that seemed a little over the top and just odd in a way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was like Simsion was trying to do something with them that didn’t quite work. Not to mention it all escalated very quickly and then got resolved very quickly. But besides that, I liked reading it and would recommend it to anyone who’s read ‘The Rosie Project’ (and if you haven’t, you should read that), for the sheer joy of Don Tillman.

Rating: 3.5/5

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