Monday, October 27, 2014

The Rose Effect

Title: The Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Published: September 30th 2014 by HarperAvenue
Format: ebook pgs 304; Paperback Pgs 415
Genre: Fiction
Source: NetGalley and Amazon Vine
Series: Don Tillman #2

Like others, when it came to a sequel to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, I was equally cautious. I wondered how Mr. Simsion could match the pace and humor that made The Rosie Project a favorite read.

Don and Rosie are now married and in the US while Rosie is working on her PhD thesis and Don continues his genetics research into the predisposition to cirrhosis of the liver in mice.

Don will be the first to tell you that his is not autistic, but anyone who meets him will tell you that he is somewhere high on the spectrum. He is analytical and exceptional at problem solving and following directions but that does not mean that he will come up with the same conclusions as a “normal” person. That is what makes Don so endearing. He is trying his best to make life exceptional for those around him, yet he lacks the emotion and foresight to understand the bigger picture and therein lays the hilarity of these books.

Without consulting Don of her plan, Rosie gets pregnant and totally throws Don for a loop. He quickly sets out to understand, as much as possible, the practicalities of fetal development and interaction without understanding or getting confused by the emotional aspects. His research and bluntness cause many misunderstandings and in so doing, he is arrested and sent for counseling. Not wanting to include Rosie in his blunders, he is caught up in one secret after another, and in Don’s mind and actions, confusing hilarity ensues.

What Don did not take into consideration is that Rosie might not believe that he is father material. This was never part of Don’s calculations and once confronted with this reality, he does all that he can – which for Don means not thinking things through in a basic human rational way, to change Rosie’s beliefs.

Very much an updated version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Don is brought to realize that though he only thinks that he has seven friends, he has effected the lives of so many more. Every person that he has had contact with has been changed; and in helping him to understand life, Don has improved theirs.

If not better, at least on par with The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion’s followers will not be disappointed in his latest book and I can only hope that there will be a continuation of Don’s intrinsic takes on parenting his little HUD.

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