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.
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.