Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Effect

I first read The Rosie Project about 2 years ago, as an advance reading copy won through the Goodreads First Reads program. And immediately I fell in love with Don Tillman. At the end of my review of The Rosie Project, I expressed my wish for more Don, and I was delighted when I heard about the sequel. It’s been out for a while now, but I just haven’t got round to buying it.

But Don is back, and I’m so happy! If you haven’t read The Rosie Project, stop reading immediately and go and read it. Firstly, there’ll be spoilers here, and secondly, it’s a truly fantastic book!

After the success of The Wife Project, Don has moved to New York with his new wife Rosie. He’s got a job at Columbia University, and he’s expanded his social circle to include a new boys group. His life is brilliant, and then he finds out Rosie is pregnant. It’s not on Don’s plan, and he’s thrown completely. It seems to Rosie that he’s not interested in becoming a father, but as we’re inside his head we know his true feelings. He’s panicked. He doesn’t know how to be a father, and so begins The Baby Project.

What I loved most about this book is that being inside Don’s head, we can see where things are going to go wrong, but because it’s Don, he doesn’t see it, with disastrous but somewhat hilarious consequences. Like his plan to get more experience with children (since his friend don’t have kids) by going to watch kids in the park. We can all see exactly how that’s going to look, but poor Don is completely oblivious!

I feel like I’m in the minority as a lot of reviews on Goodreads seem quite negative and I absolutely loved the book. Obviously since you’ve already been introduced to Don in the first book, the second book may feel like it’s a bit similar, especially given the nature of Don’s personality. But the book was architected so well that it kept you guessing what was going to happen, even if you thought you already knew.

As I mentioned earlier, the situations that Don got himself into made you laugh and cringe at the same time, and you can’t help but pray for everything to turn out differently to what you know will be inevitable.

If it gives you any clue how much I loved this book, I stayed up until after 2am reading it, even though I had to be up early for a 200 mile drive. I simply just couldn’t put it down without knowing that Don was going to be happy. Whether I’m right or not, I’ll leave that for you to find out, but please please please pick up this book and give it a try, it’s great!


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