The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

While reading The Rosie Project, I was continually delighted by the trials of Don as he pursued the ideal woman to marry. The only downside of the story was that it came to an end. I knew without a doubt that this was the best book I had read since Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. You can imagine my pleasure to discover that there was an upcoming sequel, The Rosie Effect. Since I was eager to see what Graeme Simsion had in store for Don and Rosie, I was thrilled when Netgalley allowed me preview this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Although sequels often leave the reader less than impressed, that is not the case with The Rosie Effect, a continuation in a story which is as captivating as the original. The reader is pulled into the inevitable conflicts which seem to surround Don, rooting for him when his unique perspective on life complicates normally calm activities. It is difficult to keep from laughing out loud at some of the antics which ensue. The author draws a vivid picture and each of the characters comes to life. It is as if Don, Rosie, Dave, Sonia, Gene, Claudia, George, even Lydia, are old friends and we can’t get enough of them.

Don and Rosie have relocated to Columbia University in NYC while Rosie gets her MD/PHD. Don has extended his friends list and is content with his married life. Then all hell breaks lose when Rosie let’s Don know that “we’re pregnant”. Problems ensue when Don attempts to discern The Baby Project. In order to keep Rosie calm, Don reaches out to his friends as the plot escalates with one crisis evolving into another. Somehow Don is able to turn the tables and assist his friends with their problems even though the solution of saving his own marriage continues to elude him, since the more Don tries to fix things, the more Rosie considers his efforts fruitless. It will take a miracle to resolve their issues, and as the situation turns from bad to worse the reader becomes even more vested in the results. Somehow, Simsion is able to tie the plot up in a bow putting things to rights, but leaving a few loose ends. I feel a flutter of excitement at the idea of another sequel.

It doesn’t get better than this. I predict a run away best seller. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. The side story of the split up between Gene and Claudia with Gene moving to NYC and rooming with Rosie and Don, adds just the right amount of spice to the plot. Of course, we can’t forget Dave who is also having problems dealing with his pregnant wife, Sophia. New friend, George, an aging rockstar, adds to the mix of drinking buddies for Boys Night Out. How their lives intertwine brings delight to the reader, even when the outcome looks bleak.

A must read.

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