This post contains affiliate links.  Last year, I read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which  I loved.  That book was laugh-out-loud funny but also sweet.  Recently, I completed The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, book number two in his trilogy about Don Tillman.  This book wasn’t as funny, but I still enjoyed it.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

About The Rosie Effect

In this book, Rosie and Don are approaching their one year wedding anniversary and living in New York City.  Their lives are going fine until Rosie becomes pregnant, to Don’s surprise.  Don thought that when they were ready to start a family he and Rosie would discuss and plan for it, but Rosie, who is not one for planning, decides for herself that she’s ready to be a mom.

Don is understandably caught off guard, and he struggles to adapt to this new situation.  Rosie sees his struggle, and she thinks Don doesn’t want to be a father.  Yet, the two of them never discuss this.  Both act on their own assumptions.

Meanwhile, Don’s philandering friend, Gene, moves in after his wife kicks him out.  Since Rosie dislikes Gene, this also causes conflict.

Don tries to prepare for fatherhood, but his attempts result in misunderstanding and possible criminal charges!

My Thoughts on The Rosie Effect

I thought Simsion knocked it out of the ball park with The Rosie Project.  Following such a great book is tough, and Simsion does fall short in this book, in my opinion.  Simsion writes about Don’s troubles and Don’s friends troubles, but Rosie is a peripheral character in this book.  In the end, Rosie had her own issues, but the reader doesn’t find out about them until the end of the book.  That feels too late.

Having said that, I am looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, The Rosie Result.

I give The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ Scale.


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