The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion swiftly became one of my favourite books to get out of a rut and acted a welcome antidote to homesickness when I was living in Barcelona. I also included it in my mood-boosting and feel-good books list for the summer.
Last year it helped me
Now that the book’s sequel, The Rosie Effect, is available on the shelves of all good bookshops (at least here in the UK), a follow-up review is very much required.
Could it ever be as good as The Rosie Project?
What goes on
The book progresses from this point in all sorts of wonderful directions. We experience Don’s feelings of heartbreak (in Don’s own way, of course) as Rosie moves away from him, and we hope for their reconciliation. As to be expected, the book isn’t without it’s humour. There’s the Bluefin Tuna Incident, the Playground Incident, and the Antenatal Uproar. You’ll have to find out for yourself what these entail.
“I thought you were happy about having a baby.”
I was happy in the way that I would be happy if the captain of an aircraft in which I was travelling announced that he had succeeded in restarting one engine after both had failed. Pleased that I would now probably survive, but shocked that the situation had arisen in the first place, and expecting a thorough investigation into the circumstances.
Don Tillman in The Rosie Effect
A long-awaited (and very much required) feel-good book