Book Review

Review: The Rosie Effect by Greame Simsion

the rosie effect

Published: September 11, 2014

Number of pages: 424

Format: paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: contemporary, romance, comedy

Audience: older adult

Rating: 3 owl hoots out of 5


Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman have been engaged for 10 months and are living happily in New York. Life for the married couple was stable until Rosie announces that she’s pregnant! All hands are on deck as Don schedules everything from a Standardized Mini Meal System to researching the proper protocols to being a father. All while making some living arrangements after his best friend Gene moves out and into Don and Rosie’s apartment. But preparing himself for parenthood isn’t as easy as Don predicted as he’s tangled into a web of deceit including prosecution, deportation, and at risk of losing Rosie.


My Review: 

I loved The Rosie Project! The story was unpredictable and full of laughs. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book until I started chuckling at all the right places. The chemistry between Don and Rosie was adorably funny and is a clear example of opposites attract. When I heard that the author was coming out with a sequel I was really excited but also surprised, as I had no idea that there was a series coming.

When the book finally came out dived right in hoping for more laughs from Don and Rosie (but especially Don). After reading halfway, I was getting a little disappointed as the story didn’t offer more laughs compared to the first book. The story was still enjoyable but lacking Don and Rosie’s usual chemistry.

I felt that the storyline was a little more serious compared to the first book as we see the stress going on between Rosie and Don. Every relationship has their own ups and downs but the problem was more with Rosie as I was not happy with how she turned out after the marriage. Ever since she announced the big surprise to Don, Rosie was putting too much of the load on herself that I wanted to give her a good shake for not giving him a chance to prove that he can be a good parent.

Don can misunderstand even the simplest social situations, but he also has a really good heart (something that Rosie takes for granted), and frequently he helps his friends with their own personal problems. That’s what I like about Don, always doing a lot for his friends. He can be an oddball and a dork but he makes up for it with his good nature and charm that even his friends can see through.

The sequel was an emotional rollercoaster ride as we experience Rosie and Don’s challenges as new parents, and how much his and Gene’s friendship has grown since the first book. There weren’t a lot of laughs but at least Don’s character never breaks down that I kept rooting for him to make things work again in his marriage. It’s never a dull moment with Don Tillman as we continue to see the world in his eyes, and how everything else reacts back to him. This was still an enjoyable read but I recommend reading The Rosie Project first.


I can’t wait to see the movie!


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