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The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

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I devoured The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, but was less interested in the characters and their fates by the time I read the follow-up to this story, The Rosie Effect. By the time The Best of Adam Sharp came along, I was excited to read a new stand-alone book by this author.

The first half of The Best of Adam Sharp is a sweetly nostalgic story. Adam Sharp is nearly fifty and living in the UK with his long time partner Claire at the beginning of the story. Adam is an IT specialist who only needs to works six months of the year. He is also a singer, a pianist and a mad-keen music trivia wiz. When he was in his twenties, Adam travelled to Melbourne, where he fell in love with an actress from a television soapie, Angelina Brown.

When they met Angelina had only recently separated from her husband. When Adam had to leave Australia their romance came to an end, but he spent the next 25 years thinking about her and what might have been, especially when he heard particular pieces of music.

Adam’s nostalgia and imagination ramped up when out of the blue he received an email from Angelina, which said just one word; “Hi.”

Of course he answered her, and their emails quickly become flirty. Needless to say, Adam didn’t tell Claire that he had reconnected with his long-lost love from the other side of the world. Adam and Angelina spent hours online reminiscing about their shared past.

Things eventually came to a head with Claire, who was on the verge of selling her company and moving to the USA for her career. Adam and Claire broke up and within a week, Angelina invited Adam to spend a week with her and her husband at their holiday home in France.

Off Adam went to France, which is where things got weird. The first half of the novel was sweet and nostalgic, although I felt sorry for Claire, but in the second half of the story I felt as if the author was living out a sleazy, personal fantasy where he meets up with his old, hot girlfriend, who is now a hot, middle-aged woman. For me, this half of the book lost touch with reality.

The story is very readable, but I felt let down by how far the characters went in the second half of the story. I believe Australian actress Toni Collette has optioned this book with the intention of playing Angelina in the movie.  I expect The Best of Adam Sharp will become a successful movie with an excellent soundtrack, but suspect the sections I found creepy and sleazy in the book will be much the same on the screen.

 

 

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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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.

 

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

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I read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion in one go because;

  1. I was on holidays and could stay up as late as I liked reading.
  2. The Rosie Project was a really enjoyable read.
  3. The Rosie Project is set in Melbourne, Australia and I enjoyed the sense of familiarity with the location and Australian culture.
  4. The story is romantic comedy, which is far and away my favourite genre.
  5. The hero, Don Tillman, is unusual, very likeable and the reader is on his side from the beginning of the story. I roared laughing as he got himself into and out of ridiculously funny situations.
  6. The heroine, Rosie, is clever and feisty and perfect for Don, if he can only recognise this.
  7. I love Don’s Standardised Meal Plan with lobster for tea every Tuesday night.
  8. The story is clever and ends in a way which I didn’t expect.
  9. The happiness I felt while I was reading this book stayed with me for quite a while after I finished reading.

I’m not unique in liking The Rosie Project. It was a bestseller when it was published a couple of years ago and will probably be made into a movie quite soon. I believe the author has written a sequel which I expect I’ll read sometime soon too.

 

 

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