Friday, 12 December 2014

Book Club #9 - The Rosie Effect

My last book review was of The Rosie Project which -spoiler alert- I really enjoyed. I was pretty excited to find out that a sequel was to be released, and made sure I got my hands on it as quickly as possible. Luckily for me, I got it for my birthday and I ended up reading it last month.

The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion. Also, hello new bedding!
Set almost a year after The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect jumps straight in with Rosie and Don now happily married and living in New York. All is going well for the couple - as Don works as a professor at Columbia University, where Rosie is also studying for her MD qualification - until Rosie drops a bombshell. That's right, she's pregnant. 


If you read my review of The Rosie Project, you'll know that I really enjoyed reading the first book. The characters were endearing, funny and easy to like. Which is great news, but often means writing a sequel is a hard task for any author. Luckily, I whizzed through The Rosie Effect and didn't feel like it was lacking at all - that Graeme Simsion has done it again!  


Excuse the shoddy editing on this one. Despite being taken only moments after the first image, it was apparently taken at nighttime. *shakes fist at camera*
Those familiar with the characters will know all about Don's quirks. His overly-logical nature and social awkwardness haven't been dulled in this second book, and if anything, are really put to the test when he finds out he will become a father. The Baby Project commences almost immediately, and he manages to get himself into tricky situations that only Don could find.

I really enjoyed reading The Rosie Effect but the ending was probably my favourite bit. It wrapped up the whole story in the best possible way - full of Don's blundering ways and a ridiculous twist. If you've read The Rosie Project, I really recommend grabbing the sequel and soaking it up over the holidays.

Have you read The Rosie Effect? Did you think it lives up to The Rosie Project? 


Chelsea xo

5 comments

  1. I loved the Rosie Project - witty, and with well-rounded characters. Sadly I was hugely disappointed by the Rosie Effect: I found it quite depressing how awful their marriage was. For example, Rosie decides to leave but doesn't ever talk to Don about how unhappy she is? And he never notices? I know that part of the 'joke' is his obliviousness but not noticing that your marriage is in serious trouble? I also didn't like the stereotypes of the lesbian researchers. It seemed a rush job to me, so although there were some nice set pieces, it just didn't live up to the first book.

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  2. I really like the Rosie project but haven't read this one yet, need to get around to it, aiming to read over Christmas! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  3. It's so good, I think you'll really enjoy it :) x

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  4. Yeah, I can see what you mean. I really thought more Rosie would have been good, like you said, she basically doesn't talk to Don for the majority of the book!

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  5. I have The Rosie Effect sat on my bedside table at the moment; it's next on my list of books to read and I'm really looking forward to it! :-) xx

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