The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

If you’re one for genres, this is a romantic comedy. But it’s a romantic comedy like no other. Don Tillman likes lists and order, that’s the way things have always been and he’s not willing to change that. Until he met Rosie. He’s left Australia and is living in New York City and have survived ten months and ten days of marriage. From order, to chaos, to order to more chaos. Rosie is pregnant.

The follow up keeps the original charm of the first book. Don’s view of the world comparable to Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper but far more likeable. He does know it all but it’s far more innocent and naïve. Rosie is his perfect counter balance, the head to his heart, the Watson to his Sherlock. This makes for a far more dramatic read than the first as the majority of the book leaves the audience on tender hooks, will they make it? Don feels helpless in watching Rosie take on so much to be more than a wife and soon to be mother.

This book is satisfying for fans of the first who want to see if those crazy kids make it but it’s also ridiculous in parts. I also found the character of Rosie quite annoying, maybe it’s because I saw too much of myself in her. She’s trying to be feminist, strong and a lone wolf. She doesn’t ask for help. They may be perfect for each other, but love’s not perfect. It is about compromise and adjusting. Neither Rosie nor Don are good at this, making it an engaging and enjoyable read.