The Rosie Effect


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Rosie Project


Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect.

The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.

Get ready to fall in love all over again.


It’s always dangerous when you’ve really enjoyed a book and then find out it’s got a sequel. I think there’s always an element of very high expectations which is what happened for me with The Rosie Effect. Unfortunately it didn’t quite grip me as much as The Rosie Project. It’s not a bad book, but I don’t think it quite lived up to the wonderful first book. I still absolutely adore Don and Rosie as characters though, it was lovely to follow their story again. Don is just such a unique character. He’s so memorable and I’ve never read about anyone like him before.

The Rosie Effect continues to follow Don and Rosie. They’re now married and living in New York. Don is adapting to the new changes in his life. If you’ve read The Rosie Project, you’ll know that he doesn’t take change very well. As he’s adapting, Rosie drops a bombshell on him. She’s pregnant! I immediately panicked for Don and wondered how he was going to take the news. Of course, it does affect him completely differently if we compared him to how other’s reactions may be. Don is a planner, and has to readjust everything he had planned to accommodate for the new addition to the family!

The Rosie Effect is full of incredibly funny moments but I loved how it had some more tender, poignant moments too. Don and Rosie are characters like no other and their romance is never predictable or ‘traditional’. I can’t wait to read more of Graeme Simison’s writing in the future. His writing is witty, fun and unusual. The books I’ve read from him have been so unique!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

It didn’t quite match up to The Rosie Project for me, but it was great to catch up with such unique, lovable characters!

10 thoughts on “The Rosie Effect

  1. I just read the first few sentences because I haven’t read this yet, but I do want to. But I am nervous because I loved the first book so much, and I really loved how it ended. I’m not sure how the second one is going to fair against the first book.

  2. I’m so glad you liked this. I just received it from NetGalley, so of course I had to run to the library to get The Rosie Project. They’re not my usual kind of reads. I tend to go towards more fantasy, paranormal, horror, suspense, etc… There was something about these that peaked my interest. Now I’m excited to start reading them. Thanks for the wonderful review Chrissi!

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