Friday, October 3, 2014

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

I was so excited when NetGalley gave me an ARC of The Rosie Effect! This was one of my favorite books last year.

What They Say....Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. 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 because— surprise!—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 to reconcile, 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 the most. 

 What I Say....I loved it!  The Rosie Project was such a different take on a love story, with such unique characters.  It was one of those books where you don't want the story to end.
So Don and Rosie are back, and they are now living in New York and expecting a baby.  The news of his impending fatherhood starts Don in a series of misadventures as he tries to cope with this life changing news. 
But what I found truly interesting is that while Don may have some interpersonal issues, in this chapter of their story, it was Rosie who struggled to assimilate all of her emotions and how a baby would impact her life, both at school and with Don.
Don's communication challenges don't stop him from becoming the de facto leader of a men's support group, helping Gene's kids accept their parent's split, or supporting Rosie in all the ways he knows how.  So the person with the worst social skills becomes the glue that binds the "normal" people  together.

I hope this isn't the last I see of Don and Rosie - I was sorry to say goodbye to them again.

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