Review: The Rosie Effect

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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.


Graeme Simsion. Graeme, Graeme, Graeme. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? Maybe the first book was just so good that I didn’t care for a second. Or maybe the second was just bad. Either way, I didn’t like it.

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I was really, really hoping for a good review today. But it’s just not possible. The first book was original, interesting and funny. The second book was boring, annoying and repetitive.

In keeping with the theme, Graeme has continued the –

OH WAIT. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE ROSIE PROJECT THEN DO NOT READ THIS. IT IS SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE THIS BOOK REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS.

Phew. Starting again.

In keeping with the theme, Graeme has continued the technical, pretentious writing style. It was good in book one: interesting and unique. Now that there’s another 400 pages of it, it gets boring. I would have much rather preferred for this book to have been written “normally”. In the first book, the writing style and the character of Don was used to create humour, and to make situations that would make the reader cringe. However, it doesn’t seem to serve any real purpose in the second book, apart from just being there. The long words are way too easy to trip over, and it stilts the flow of writing.

Talking of “no real purpose”, the sequence of events seemed to be way too random. There were some events that seemed to be just randomly happening and a few that seemed to happen for the sake of happening. In this way, there was no plot. Sometimes, this can be good, but if you just have a random sequence of events happening, and no real motif behind the character’s actions, then it gets boring. Sure, Rosie is pregnant. But what exactly does Don want? I don’t know, and I NEVER WILL ARGHHH!

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Another problem. The absence of anything actually happening to Don. There’s a particular scene where Don goes to enormous lengths, building a huge web of lies to “stop Rosie from stressing, therefore protecting the baby from harm”. All throughout the book, I was like: “When will this web of lies collapse?”. And then… it didn’t. Because the main antagonist in this situation falls in love with Don’s friend and admits that she was wrong, and therefore, she stops doing the job that she were put in the book to do: antagonise. Because, guess what? LOVE SOLVES ALL YAY!

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The ending was out of the blue and obviously rushed. The whole ending rests on [someone’s] sudden change of mind. I can’t say much about it without spoiling the book, but let’s just say that it was solved through a clichéd way, with little effort on Don’s behalf. Because, remember, LOVE SOLVES ALL YAY!

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The characters, ew. They were as 2 dimensional as you can get. Rosie was explosive in the first book. She was funny, she had her personality quirks, she actually had an opinion. Now, although she’s definitely not complacent (still as stubborn as a mule), she might as well be a cardboard cutout named “PregnantWoman.png”, the amount of input she had in the book. She was there basically to, well, be pregnant and moody.

In conclusion, I [very nearly] hated this book. There was a massive absence of a big goal. There was not much effort made by Don to solve any of the convenient problems and the book kind of just floundered in page-consuming actions rather than going anywhere. Oh, and the ending was boring.


Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 3/10


The Rosie Effect is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.


The Info:

  • Title: The Rosie Effect
  • Author: Graeme Simsion
  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster (September 24th, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476767327
  • URL: Goodreads, AmazonSimon and Schuster
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One thought on “Review: The Rosie Effect

  1. Gooooooood. I’m so glad for this review; it makes me feel sane. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the first book and just didn’t really like this one… and you put it so eloquently all the reasons why. I didn’t exactly experience your strong reaction, but there was something about this book that really disappointed me. It’s really a shame. 😦

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