The Rosie Effect
By: Graeme Simsion
Genre: Romantic Comedy?
3 out of 5 stars. I am sad to say I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. Don and Rosie have been happily married for almost a year when Rosie announces that she is pregnant. Don isn’t sure how to integrate this new information. First, he ignores it. Then, he goes way overboard in researching pregnancy and trying to control Rosie’s consumption and activities. Meanwhile, Gene is living with them, having been kicked out by Claudia. Don makes friends with a rock star named George. Rosie is trying to finish her thesis and thinking about clinicals.
I really liked being back inside Don’s logical head. It was definitely obvious that he had come to become more empathetic since the last book, but he still misread social cues. I loved seeing him grow in friendships with others.
However, Rosie was a different story. She stopped communicating with Don and kind of cut him out of her life. I was getting annoyed at seeing everything Don was trying to do in his own quirky way to get ready for the pregnancy and how Rosie wasn’t appreciating or acknowledging any of it. That definitely brought down my stars. She didn’t seem as true to her character as in the last book.
There was not as much of a plot as in the first book. It was more “day in the life of” style. However, if you enjoyed the first book and want to live in Don’s world again, I recommend you read it.