the rosie effect; a review

The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion

Book 3 of 2015

I’m not going to say much about The Rosie Effect, sequel to The Rosie Project, because I don’t take pride in writing book reviews about literature I don’t enjoy. As a writer myself, I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into creating a novel and I don’t easily dismiss a fellow writer’s work. I will say, however, that this book wasn’t for me; I should have stopped after the first one.

The Rosie Effect picks up where The Rosie Project left off; the happy couple is living in New York City, with Rosie working on her PHD and Don working at the university. Everything is going smoothly until the couple finds out their having a child. From there on in, I struggled with the story.

The book is full of ridiculous mishaps and unlikely circumstances that Don, in true Don-fashion, makes worse and worse. Rosie is pushing him away as her pregnancy continues, and Don can’t seem to do anything right. Rosie is also a lot more unlikeable than I remembered from the first book, which also make it a difficult read. Overall, the story felt contrived, predictable and, at times, unbearable.

If you loved The Rosie Project, you may love this book as well, so don’t let me deter you if you’re dead-set on reading it. But while I am a reader who loves sequels, trilogies and character growth, this is one novel I could have done without.

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