The Rosie Effect
By Graeme Simsion
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476767314, December 30, 2014, 352pp.)
The Short of It:
A turbulent ride of ups and downs.
The Rest of It:
The Rosie Project was an adorable read. It really was. It was smart and fun and I loved the characters and the unconventional romance aspect. That book was all about the pursuit of love and what it means to be the “other half” and it was delightfully awkward.
In The Rosie Effect, Don and Rosie are now married and their world is about to change in a huge way when Rosie announces that she is pregnant. This book has little to do with Rosie. It focuses on Don and the fact that he is just not prepared for fatherhood.
It’s a tad tedious in the telling and to be honest, it took me a really long time to read it. Marriage problems abound and Don’s mannerisms are not nearly as charming as they were in the first book. In fact, he annoyed the hell out of me.
I have little patience for sequels that are just so-so and this one falls into that category.
Source: Sent to me by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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15 thoughts on “Review: The Rosie Effect”
I agree it was not as good as the first.
I’ve heard other people say the same thing.
It’s too bad but you are so right. So often the second book can feel forced. Sounds like this is the case here.
I still have to read The Rosie Project and may not read this sequel.
I was so disappointed, I stopped reading. I’ll reread the first one and forget this one. Both Don and Rosie annoying.
And what was up with Rosie drinking while pregnant? I know some mothers do because of milk production or whatever, but really?
I’m sorry this one wasn’t better, Ti. Sometimes I think books (and movies) are better as stand alones. No sequels needed.
I just finished this one and couldn’t agree with you more. The author should have just been done with these characters after the first book and moved onto something else.
Ha! I didn’t even read your review until now, but I had the same feelings (different reasons) about this one. I had to get it all out yesterday on my blog.
I had not heard of this one before. Sounds like it could have been better
At least you finished it! I couldn’t finish it because it stressed me out too much while I was reading it. Don is annoying in this one. I just wanted to shake him, or slap him. Or both.
I really liked the Rosie Project (rather unexpectedly, as it’s not my usual type of read) but for some reason I haven’t had any desire to read the sequel – it’s not been on my radar at all.
I guess I haven’t had the desire to read the sequel either. Once is enough I think. It was charming the first time
Well then after I finally get around to The Rosie Project, I’ll leave it at that.
Yes, read The Rosie Project and just marvel at its sweetness. Do not read book 2 or book 3, which I heard is in the works.