The Rosie Effect
** I received a free ARC of this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. **
The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Rosie Project, starring the same extraordinary couple now living in New York and unexpectedly expecting their first child. Get ready to fall in love all over again.
Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. 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 because… surprise! 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 to reconcile, 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 the most.
Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called “sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally.”; The San Francisco Chronicle said, “sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” If you were swept away by the book that’s captivated a million readers worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.
I felt the Rosie character was much milder in this story than she was in The Rosie Project. This book had some of the same endearing qualities in it’s main character, Don. His uniqueness definitely had him in some interesting situations, and the twists and turns of the book were humorous. However, I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as the first. I don’t know if it was that the premise of Don’s character felt a little “been there, done that, read the book” or if the story just wasn’t as captivating as its predecessor. Overall, I felt I could take it or leave it. I don’t feel like having read it was a complete waste of time, because I did enjoy parts of it, but I probably wouldn’t choose to read it again.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Not really. There are much better books for a “to-read” pile out there.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? No. Too much profanity.
3.5 of 5 stars.