The Rosie Effect

The Rosie Effect By Graeme Simsion

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 to fall in love all over again.

This review could be summed up very simply as, good, but not as good as The Rosie Project.

The Rosie Effect has all the same elements as The Rosie Project: same lovable cast of characters, Don’s spot-on characterization, and humorous antics. But I guess it’s just a lot more interesting to read a book about a very awkward man trying to find love than it is to read a book about a very awkward man dealing with becoming a father and trying to save his marriage.

The first half of The Rosie Effect was so boring. I kept picking up other books to read and was making glacial progress with it. Finally, I decided I just needed to finish the back and sat down to read the rest. To my surprise the second half of the book was quite a bit better. I ended up giving the book 4 stars because the chapters around the climax were just superb.

If you loved The Rosie Project, I definitely recommend reading the sequel. Hopefully you won’t find the first half as much of a slog as I did, but trust me, it gets better. Plus in my copy of the book, there was an interview with the author and it sounds like there might be more Rosie and Don books ahead…

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