Review: The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion

November 6, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review: The Rosie Effect, Graeme SimsionThe Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Series: Don Tillman #2
Published by Text Publishing on September 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Pages: 415
Source: Publisher
Amazon • Amazon UK • Book Depository

GREETINGS. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world's most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

Then Rosie told me we had 'something to celebrate', and I was faced with a challenge even greater than finding a partner.

I have attempted to follow traditional protocols and have sourced advice from all six of my friends, plus a therapist and the internet.

The result has been a web of deceit. I am now in danger of prosecution, deportation and professional disgrace.

And of losing Rosie forever.


If you read The Rosie Project, odds are you fell in love with Don and Rosie. This mismatched and unlikely couple made me laugh and warmed the cockles of my heart. So I was extremely excited to get an ARC of Graeme Simsion’s latest instalment – The Rosie Effect.

Don and Rosie are newlyweds living in the Big Apple (that’s New York if for some bizzaro reason you think this has turned in to some science fiction alternative reality thing). They seem to be happy and settling into life in America, until Rosie drops a bombshell that turns Don’s safe, predictable world upside down – she is pregnant!

As you would expect, hilarity and confusion ensues as Don tries to come to terms with impending fatherhood, and the changes to his and Rosie’s relationship. Don is as he has always been. It is Rosie that suddenly has the personality change.

Maybe it is because I have been pregnant, or maybe it is because I am a control freak, but I found Pregnant Rosie very different from Project Rosie. She just seems so irresponsible. I know I am probably sensitive about this subject, but she has such a careless attitude towards her baby. She continues to drink alcohol, fails to schedule important doctor’s appointments, and although she seems to want the baby, she is not prepared to make any sacrifices for it.

Her attitude towards Don was also disappointing. I expected her to be more in tune with his…oddities, rather than expect him to act like an average expectant father. He is not average, and that is why we love him.

However, I am happy to report that both Rosie and the book redeemed themselves in the end. I could see things from Rosie’s point of view and could forgive her, a little.

I still laughed out loud in a few places, and overall enjoyed the Don Tillman Ride.


Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

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