Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review: The Rosie Effect

Title The Rosie Effect

Series Don Tillman, book 2

Author Graeme Simsion

Release Date September 24, 2014


GREETINGS. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world's most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

Then Rosie told me we had 'something to celebrate', and I was faced with a challenge even greater than finding a partner.

I have attempted to follow traditional protocols and have sourced advice from all six of my friends, plus a therapist and the internet.

The result has been a web of deceit. I am now in danger of prosecution, deportation and professional disgrace.

And of losing Rosie forever.

One of the things that I enjoyed so much about the first book was how Don and Rosie interacted with one another. However, that magic isn't present in this book. The lack of communication between Rosie and Don not only contributed to their issues in the book, but also my lack of enjoyment in the story.

Another issue I had was things felt very inauthentic. Sometimes it's harder for me to suspend disbelief than others. This time I had a bit of trouble as some of the situations (Lydia as a whole, Sonia as Rosie, etc.) just didn't work at all for me.

The Rosie Effect didn't live up to the first book (which often happens to sequels, unfortunately). And while I'd read a third book if one were to happen to come about, I wouldn't go out of my way to read it.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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