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Contemporary Romance Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (Don Tillman #2)


Egalley courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads
THE ROSIE PROJECT WAS COMPLETE BUT I WAS UNPREPARED FOR THE ROSIE EFFECT.

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.

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7.5/10

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I don't know about you but I wasn't as taken with The Rosie Effect as I was with The Rosie Project. Maybe because the first book was a product of 5 years of careful work, and the second came out a year after?

While Don never failed to make me smile, I felt mostly sad for his confused emotional state and slightly less believing in his  way of thinking. But mostly I was furious with Rosie.



Yes, they both moved to New York and yes, she got pregnant. But she KNEW FULL WELL what she agreed to when they got married and that she had to work alongside professor Tillman to explain how to react to the simplest things! And yet, she irrationally starts expecting him to become a perfect expecting father, and while poor Don does his best to get ready for parenthood in his own unique fashion, she withdraws from her husband more and more and stops communicating with the poor fella.

Half of what Don went through could have been avoided if only Rosie helped him, talked to him, if she's been proactive instead of weakly reacting to his ideas to how to make her pregnancy as healthy as possible.

There were a lot of heartwarming moments with Don's New York's friends (as he had a healthy group of those), and I loved George vs. George situation especially, but all his big moments and revelations pretty much were made without Rosie herself which was a damn shame!

Anyway, this is my stumbling block which is why I was unable to give this book a higher rating. Still, recommended.

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Я оказалась по большей части разочарована в Эффекте Рози, несмотря на то, что в первую книгу серии - Проект Рози, в прошлом году я прямо-таки влюбилась. Я не знаю, то ли на качество повлияло то, что автор потратил 5 лет на написание книги первой, а вторую выпустил через год после её успешного запуска или просто тематика оказалась неудачной?

Если сам главный герой - Дон Тиллман вызывал у меня улыбку несмотря на много печальных, несмешных моментов в этом комедийном романе, то его жена Рози меня просто выбесила.

Девушка ведь знала, на что соглашалась выходя замуж за гения с синдромом Аспергера, однако как только парочка переехала в Нью-Йорк и она случайно забеременела, она совершенно нелогичным образом стала ожидать от Дона поведения идеального папочки. А ведь это основная особенность характера Дона - невозможность правильно трактовать социальный протокол, принятый в том или ином случае. У него ведь мозг работает по-другому. Поэтому Рози необходимо было сесть и объяснить в точности чего она от него ожидала и составить список того, что ему нужно было сделать. И всё! Большинства проблем книги можно было с лёгкостью избежать!

А она стала на него дуться, молчать и отдаляться, когда бедный мужик пытался по своему стать идеальным папочкой. Помимо Рози, здесь есть несколько интересных сюжетных линий с друзьями Дона, которым он смог помочь в значительной степени, однако к моему сожалению, все его открытия произошли в отсутствии супруги, и книга вышла не такой гармоничной как мне того хотелось.

Впрочем, всё-равно советую.


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