The Rosie Effect – the hilarious sequel!

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.

The Rosie Effect‘ is the sequel to the amazingly successful  ‘The Rosie Project‘, which won the 2014  Australian Book Industry Award for the Best General Fiction Book, and other awards. The Rosie Project sold over a million copies in more than 40 countries worldwide! I was unsure about reading the sequel at first, feeling that it had ‘all been said’ in the first book – but, if anything, I enjoyed the second book more than the first. I found it light, amusing and enjoyable reading.

While you don’t need to read The Rosie Project to enjoy this book, it’s advisable to do so as the characters are introduced much more fully than in the sequel, especially the ‘special’ nature of Ton Tillman’s character – and reading the books in the reverse order would provide too many plot spoilers.

The story picks up 10 months and 10 days after Don and Rosie have married in Melbourne. They have moved to New York where Don is working at the Columbia University and Rosie is working on her PhD and her medical degree at Columbia Medical School. When Rosie announces that they have something to celebrate, Don happily thinks it is about her work. The realisation that she is pregnant causes a ‘meltdown’ reaction in Don, and the beginning of a series of hilarious and almost disastrous misunderstandings…

Don’s friend, Gene, has broken up with his wife and moved in with Rosie and Don which means that he is on hand to offer advice on the projected fatherhood. After the ‘melt-down’ caused by the pregnancy announcement Rosie becomes convinced that Don does not really want a baby, and is unsure of his ability to be a good father. Don’s efforts to research fatherhood lead him in to trouble with the law and is the cause of many guilt-ridden secrets in his marriage.

With a third novel planned in this series, it looks like these popular characters are here to stay. The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen with Sony Pictures having the option on the film rights and Graeme Simsion contracted to write the script.