What I’m Reading: The Rosie Result

From the book jacket:

I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters and an ending that will have readers cheering for joy, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project

My review:

I really enjoyed the previous two instalments of the “Rosie Series”, so when the third came out I was looking forward to reading how things would wind up in the end. As expected, Don is back and his mannerisms have not changed – except they perhaps need to in order to be an effective parent to Hudson and partner to Rosie.

I wanted to love The Rosie Result, but this book had a bit more of a serious tone to it and I had a hard time looking past that. I could understand the angle of Don and Hudson figuring out who they were and where they lay on the autism spectrum, and I enjoyed that aspect of it; I felt though that the addition of anti-vaxxers and gender/job equality needed to be either developed more or nixed completely.

Still, despite Don’s quirky personality, his concerns as a parent were relatable for anyone who has a child in school – you’re constantly worried about them fitting in, making friends, succeeding, etc.

While a little drawn-out, The Rosie Result wrapped everything up quite nicely in the end, and it was heart-warming to see just exactly what the “result” was that Rosie has had on Don’s life.

My rating: ★★★½/5 stars

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