With the Wife Project complete, Don settles 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 gets him into trouble.
To make matters worse, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for martial happiness. As Don’s life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable, he needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as practical expertise.
Join Don and Rosie in the next chapter of their weird and wonderful journey.
I have been looking forward to this book for months. I loved The Rosie Project so there was a little bit of an expectation with this follow-up. I don’t think you’d be able to read this one without reading The Rosie Project first. It doesn’t stand on its own.
It picks up where The Rosie Project left off. Don and Rosie are now married and are living in New York (I love this fact as New York is one of my favourite cities. I had my honeymoon there.)
I have to say, it was so lovely being back in Don’s company. He’s like a friend I’d not seen in a while. There is something so nice and endearing about him and something interesting in how he sees the world. He’s become one of my favourite characters. It was nice to catch up with the other characters in this book but to be honest, both books for me are about Don and how he copes with the world around him and this book certainly gives him loads to try and cope with. His and Rosie’s relationship is tested and some of what they go through can be very relatable.
The Rosie Effect follows Rosie’s pregnancy. Don’s reaction leads to some hilarious, annoying (for Rosie,) and heartbreaking points in the plot which had me laughing and crying. This book had some great laugh out loud moments. Don has an encounter with the police which was just brilliant.
The story did maybe drag in a couple of places but it’s definitely worth sticking with. Don’s world is once again turned upside down and I was eager to find out what would happen to the structure of Don’s life.
I loved The Rosie Effect. I did. I think it’s a worthy sequel to a great novel. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with a movie (I think rights have been optioned.)
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is published by Michael Joseph on 25th September, £14.99 hardback
Available for pre-order here!
Follow Graeme on Twitter: @GraemeSimsion
The Rosie Effect blog tour continues tomorrow over on Wondrous Reads.
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