Thursday, 12 February 2015
Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: September 25th, 2014
Until a year ago, forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date. Until he met Rosie, 'the world's most incompatible woman'. Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage. But though Rosie has taught him the joys of unscheduled sex and spontaneous meal planning, life is still not plain sailing for Don. Not least with the sudden arrival of his best friend Gene, serial philanderer, who takes up residence on their sofa. Then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And soon Don must face her hormonally induced irrational behaviour as he prepares for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life - at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace. Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie forever?
The Rosie Project was a book I unexpectedly fell in love with when I read it last year, and I was so looking forward to getting back to Don and Rosie's story. I'm very pleased to say that The Rosie Effect lived up to all my expectations and, even though it took me a good few chapters to get into, it turned out to be a book I just couldn't put down!
Don and Rosie are now married, situated in New York and living their happily ever after. Don's slightly more relaxed thanks to Rosie's spontaneity, but he's still very much stuck in his ways and not good at adapting to new situations. Rosie drops a surprising bombshell that turns everything upside down, and Don has to adapt, and quickly. What follows is an often hilarious look at how he copes, how he makes changes and how his relationship with Rosie goes from strength to strength, through numerous ups and downs that all real life couples experience.
I love Don Tillman so much, with all his unusual quirks and idiosyncrasies. He's one of the best fictional characters of recent years and I often find myself thinking about him and what might happen next in his life. He's infuriating at times but so loveable that it's hard to ever think of him in any other way but fondly, and Rosie's the same. They're both so realistic - neither one is perfect, they both have their faults, but they work. Their relationship is one of the most realistic I've ever read, and I think that's what I most like about these books. They seem like real people with real issues and real problems, which isn't always the case when it comes to fiction.
If you haven't yet read The Rosie Project, please do. It's one of those books that seems universally loved by everyone that reads it, and The Rosie Effect is no different. Everyone should meet Don Tillman and his unusual life, and I guarantee you'll fall head over heels in love with him. I hope The Rosie Effect isn't the end of his story - there's so much left to tell!