The Rosie Effect by Australian author Graeme Simsion is a follow-up to The Rosie Project.
If you haven’t read The Rosie Project, go and read it. The story is funny and charming and leaves you feeling good about life in general. The Rosie Effect is more of the same. Not as good as the first book, but still enjoyable.
In The Rosie Effect, Don and Rosie have gotten married and have moved to New York. Don’s life, which was rigidly planned and executed before he met Rosie, had already been changed forever by his and Rosie’s marriage, when she announces she is pregnant.
Rosie has lost some of her joy in life, which may be a side-effect of her pregnancy, or because she is working enormously hard to complete two degrees. It may even be because marriage to Don is not ideal from her point of view. Whatever the reason, Rosie’s unhappiness had an effect on the general feel of the story.
The Rosie Effect is a comedy of mistaken ideas about Don and Rosie’s expectations and Don’s concerns about whether he is capable of being a good father. Don’s friends don’t necessarily give him the best advice, and he complicates most things, however things generally work out satisfactorily for Don.
I can’t wait for The Rosie Project to be made into a movie, and am really looking forward to seeing Don’s Gregory Peck impersonation.
Graeme Simsion has recently published a new book, The Best of Adam Sharp, featuring all new characters, which I am looking forward to reading.