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

What I’m Reading: The Rosie Effect

From Goodreads.com:
Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect.

The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.

Get ready to fall in love all over again.

My review:
I finally decided to download The Rosie Effect last week after much deliberation. It’s been over a year since I read the first story of Don and Rosie in The Rosie Project (link to my review here), and I once found myself cheering for Don. There’s something strangely loveable about him and I couldn’t help but want him to “win.”

The actions of some of the characters in this book were rather irritating, however. Rosie, who should know how Don’s brain is programmed to work, should have done more to keep him in the pregnancy loop. Granted, she was busy with everything going on in her own life, but knowing that you have to give Don specific instructions if you need him to complete a task, I feel she was too quick to judge Don for his emotional detachment. And unless I missed something – why did Rosie not discuss having a baby before, *ahem*, pulling the goalie and getting pregnant?

I’m thankful for Don’s team of friends for supporting him while he tries to figure out how to be a father and how to save his marriage. The story could have done without George though; I felt he didn’t particularly add anything to the storyline that was essential to Don’s development. The only thing he seemed to teach Don was to maybe not tell your kids to go ahead and try drugs. (Parent of the Year, right there.)

Despite my slight irritations, I still really enjoyed the second instalment of Don & Rosie’s journey, and I’m going to give it 4 stars out of 5. I dare you to read it without picturing Sheldon Cooper as Don.

What I’m Reading: The Rosie Project

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What I'm Reading

From Goodreads.com:
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

My review:
I think anyone who loves the Big Bang Theory and Sheldon Cooper would love this book. I couldn’t help but compare Don Tillman and Sheldon as their mannerisms are so unbelievably similar.

I found The Rosie Project to be a very amusing book, and very thought provoking as well. Don lives with Asberger syndrome, and while he struggles in social situations, he his a brilliant geneticist and his passion for his projects is astounding. He goes through life with a strict schedule, until he begins his “project” to find a suitable wife. Enter Rosie, who has a project of her own she’d like Don’s help with. This ultimately puts the Wife Project on the back burner and throws Don’s clockwork schedule out the window.

Normally when I read books and there’s a character that just doesn’t “get” what’s going on, it angers me, but in the case of The Rosie Project for some reason, I felt more compassion towards Don. Perhaps it was because it was let known that he has Asberger’s. I enjoyed reading about his personal quirks and “matter of fact” thinking.

Overall, I give The Rosie Project 4 stars out of 5. I really found myself cheering for the character’s of the book, and I would definitely recommend it!