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Double book review The Rosie Project/ The Rosie Effect


To start off I’ll admit I’m biased as The Rosie Project is probably my second favourite read of all time. In 2013, when everyone else was scratching their head at the new book on their shelves I’d already read my copy, on the publication day no less. But with my interest in Aspergers it was a no brainer. It probably helped that Bill Gates subsequently labelled it as one of his favourite books of all time, which obviously means that I’m highly intelligent too hmmmm.

Whether Don Tillman has Aspergers or not is a mute point, but to me he is simply a clever Mr Bean without the funnies

This is observational humour at it’s best. Welcome to the world of black and white where shades of grey don’t ever make an appearance. If your day is list and routine driven then it makes sense to conduct a full research project on this business of finding a wife, doesn’t It? I’d call this a thinking woman’s romcom, with the hope that readers will come out at the end with more than a good solid read. I even think you’ll find some people you know between the pages……

There has been lots of media interest in whether there was going to be a follow up and of course with a character so divinely unique there couldn’t but be.

The Rosie Effect is a natural progression from relationship to parenthood, or as Don would put it 1 plus 1 = 3

Graeme Simsion may be following a course followed by many writers, film producers in creating a sequel, but who can blame him. The success of his first book must have been a dream come true. I’m not going to spoil it by giving away the plot, but let’s just say that the shock of Rosie getting pregnant was more a shock to him than his partner. The ending is formulaic in that it’s happy, but when choosing a book of this nature a HEA is given – that’s why we buy them.

For me any book that raises awareness that different is just that: Not right, not wrong – Simply different, will always get my vote of approval. Throughout the books there appears to be no intention to label Don as Autistic and, in fact any reference to his invisible disability is of his own making – Refreshing.