- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476767319
- ISBN-13: 978-1476767314
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,915 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel Hardcover – December 30, 2014
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“In his bestselling debut, The Rosie Project, Simsion introduced the delightfully original character of Don Tillman, an Australian geneticist with Asperger’s syndrome who sets out to find the perfect wife by using the scientific method. In the sequel, set in New York, Don takes on impending fatherhood in the same clumsy yet endearing way, with results both funny and moving. This charming new chapter in the Tillman chronicles leaves you hoping it won’t be the last.”
“Though painfully aware of his emotional shortcomings, Don determinedly sets out to be a good dad. Hilarity ensues…Simsion’s tale offers a playful look at a how a family of two fare when a third…enters the mix...There’s a moral to this quirky story: The best things in life can’t be planned on a spreadsheet.”
“Loveable science prof Don Tillman’s perfect (-ly concocted) marriage is about to hit a major bump.”
“The hilarious follow-up to The Rosie Project, one of the best novels I’ve read in ages. There’s no sophomore slump here. Simsion brings back some of the best characters and gags from the first novel while also bringing in enough new elements to keep it fresh. It’s a funny novel that also made me think about relationships: what makes them work and how we have to keep investing time and energy to make them better. A sweet, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.”
—Bill Gates, "Top Five Books of 2014"
"Don and Rosie are back!...Readers who loved the first book are in for another treat."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"The Rosie Effect is a celebration of the best attributes to be found in a friend, a husband, or a father, regardless of the way they are expressed." —Booklist (starred review)
“This is a very funny book, possibly the funniest this year as Don organizes his and Rosie's life in New York…Every thought creates a smile for the reader who can't help responding to Don's comedic behavior…We can only hope the third installment is lurking around to produce another chuckle-filled triumph.”
—Daphne Guinness, Sydney Morning Herald
Praise for The Rosie Project
“Sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Move over, Sheldon Cooper. There’s a new brilliant, socially inept scientist poised to win over a huge audience, and his name is Don Tillman, in The Rosie Project. . . .This rom-com is bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and intentional humor.” (A–)
“An utterly winning screwball comedy. . . . If you’re looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season’s fix. . . . This charming, warmhearted escapade, which celebrates the havoc—and pleasure—emotions can unleash, offers amusement aplenty. Sharp dialogue, terrific pacing, physical hijinks, slapstick, a couple to root for, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers—it’s no surprise that The Rosie Project is bound for the big screen. But read it first.”
“Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in.”
“Simsion’s attention to detail brings to life Don’s wonderful, weird world. Instead of using Don’s Asperger’s syndrome as a fault, or a lead-in to a tragic turn of events, Simsion creates a heartwarming story of an extraordinary man learning to live in an ordinary world, and to love. As Don would say, this book is ‘great fun.’”
“It’s natural to be wary of a novel that’s been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’ and no less than ‘the feel-good hit of 2013.’ Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.”
—The Washington Post
Praise for Graeme Simsion
“Don Tillman helps us believe in possibility, makes us proud to be human beings, and the bonus is this: he keeps us laughing like hell.”
—Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook
“The Rosie Project is the best, most honestly told love story I’ve read in a long time.”
—Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away and Home Front
“A world so original, in a story so compelling, I defy you not to read through the night. Read this glorious novel now, in the moment, where it lives.”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife
“The Rosie Project is an upbeat, quirky, impertinent gem of a read. As the novel makes its logically irrefutable progression, readers will become enchanted by what may well be the world’s first rigorously evidence-based romantic comedy.”
—Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and Gold
“This clever and joyful book charmed me from the first. Professor Tillman is an unlikely romantic hero but a brave, winning soul, and his quest to find a wife goes to show that rationality is no match for love.”
—Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements
“Graeme Simsion has created an unforgettable and charming character unique in fiction. Don Tillman is on a quirky, often hilarious, always sincere quest to logically discover what is ultimately illogical—love. Written in a superbly pitch-perfect voice, The Rosie Project had me cheering for Don on every page. I’m madly in love with this book! Trust me, you will be, too.”
—Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected
“With the demands of children and work, it’s rare that I find myself so caught up in a novel that I literally cannot put it down—not for food, nor for conversation, nor even for sleep. Charming and delightful, I was so enamored of The Rosie Project that I read it in a single, marathon sitting.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road, Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
“Although there are many laughs to be found in this marvelous novel, The Rosie Project is a serious reflection on our need for companionship and identity. Don Tillman is as awkward and confusing a narrator as he is lovable and charming.”
—John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
“Charming, funny and heartwarming, a gem of a book.”
—Marian Keyes, author of The Brightest Star in the Sky and This Charming Man
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of the most quirky and endearing romances I’ve ever read. I laughed the whole way through. And now I want to meet Don!”
—Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series and Wedding Night
“Graeme Simsion has achieved the impossible and created an entirely new kind of romantic hero. I wanted to race through The Rosie Project, but had to make myself slow down from my usual reading pace, because of the number of sly jokes that I almost missed. A lovely, original, and very funny read.”
—Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You
"For his encore, The Rosie Effect, Simsion could easily have lapsed into movie-sequel mode and dished up flavorless seconds. Instead, he has written another romantic comedy that’s just as smart, funny and heartwarming as the original."
About the Author
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.
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I loved the character of Don just as much in this book. He is well-meaning and loyal but awkward, totally logical but sometimes only in his own head, always honest and forthright and so very funny without meaning to be. I like that his Asperger's/autism is never clearly defined or labelled but is simply what makes him unique. I thought the group of guys he assembles for his 'boys nights out' were all distinct and interesting characters, especially George the rock star with his dedicated apartment for the perfect temperature beer, and the scenes where they get together are always entertaining and insightful. I loved the way that Don was able to apply his unique brand of problem solving to each of them and make such a profound improvement in their lives.
Rosie's hangups come out more in this book which make her less of a standout character, since she spends a lot of the book being depressed and hurt due to distancing herself from Don in trying to protect herself.
Overall it was funny and poignant, and some of the relationship issues dragged on too long before everything was resolved right at the end. I did enjoy it a lot though and would highly recommend both books.
That she does not make life easier for Don, becomes rather blatant, and she prefers the wall of silence, to communication. I wonder how their marriage will turn out. Of course, Don has secrets, and while they are secrets in good intent, they are secrets nonetheless.
I gave it a three star, only because of the somewhat cheesy and unbelievable ending, with him tracking her down to her plane. But, this a romantic comedy, in a way. Am I being too harsh?
Having worked with a number of students and adults with Asperger's Syndrome, I fell completely in love with THE ROSIE PROJECT and its perfect representation of the logos, ethos, and beautiful pathos of Professor Don Tillman. This sequel, aptly named THE ROSIE EFFECT, is a very different story, but no less interesting to tell or rewarding to read.
Rosie and Don are living in NYC, where Rosie is elbows deep in the challenge of a joint MD-PhD program at Columbia University, where Don is a visiting professor and researcher. Once again written in first-person limited point of view, we only know Don's side of the story, and what a story it is! His shenanigans are as complex and convoluted as we came to expect in THE ROSIE PROJECT, and author Graeme Simsion once again displays his brilliance at weaving crazily-cascaded series' of events as only Don Tillman could possibly create them. Don's true troubles begin when Rosie announces that she's pregnant. It's been hard enough for Don to adjust to his role as husband and defender, particularly when Rosie expects him to face down neighbors with whom she argues, and Don is struggling to handle multiple issues and avoid a personality "meltdown"...his greatest fear, which rears its head when he is at the end of his ability to cope. Whatever Rosie's expectations were (when she announced her pregnancy to Don) we never actually learn, since she does not articulate them. We watch as poor Don falls down the rabbit hole, trying to understand why Rosie is becoming more and more aloof. Their communication breaks down so miserably that there is more lie than truth, and eventually they retire to separate bedrooms. Don engages the help of a ragtag band of brothers--his three male friends (he's making progress!)--in his efforts to win Rosie back, and the hijinks ensue.
What makes THE ROSIE EFFECT so different from its predecessor? First of all, it cannot have the charm of a boy-meets-girl story, because it is not one. Surely we can all agree that a married relationship is an entirely different type of story to tell...so this book is quite different from the first. A new, married status, a new country, new jobs, new home (in fact, two)...and a pregnancy...imagine the strain on Don and Rosie's relationship, then add Don's Asperger's...and you can imagine the wild ride this story is. Sometimes hysterical, sometimes heartbreaking, other times frustrating and disappointing...but at all times, just like in the first book, Don is Don...every single line, every single moment of this story. That is the brilliance of Graeme Simsion...he writes a character so true, so himself, that he is Don Tillman in every word and action; never for a moment does Don do anything out of character, until he learns, analyzes, adapts, and chooses to act differently.
Like some reviewers, I must say that I am disappointed in Rosie's behavior in EFFECT. SPOILER FOLLOWS: Rosie displays a new level of selfish here...admittedly getting pregnant by intention, without even discussing with Don. She displays a marked lack of interest in communicating with Don about the imminent change in expectation of him and their lifestyle, and basically is concerned only with her own needs. In PROJECT, Rosie was essentially self-absorbed, but we saw regular moments of concern for and appreciation of Don's many efforts, even sacrifices, for her. Though I wondered a few times in this story just what Don was getting out of his relationship with "the most beautiful woman in the world," I have so terribly much respect for Don that if he feels, as he tells us, that she is the thing he wants most in the world, then that's good enough for me.
PLEASE give us more, Graeme; we are not nearly done with Don Tillman. I can't wait to hear from him again. Do we want another sequel? CORRECT.
As with the first installment, something in me rebels at the very idea of Rosie. The writing is fluent and witty, even the character of Don hasn't made me slam the book and run for a safe place (though, the scene where he actually fights 2 NYC police officers made it a close one, and when he gets his friend to impersonate his wife for a hostile social worker I had smoke coming out of my ears).
Rosie and the writer's insistence on making her into a special snowflake that only someone as 'special' as Don would appreciate made me very thoughtful. It's obvious to me that as a female reader, I don't hate an actual woman here. I hate something that the writer imagined to be a woman. With daddy issues so textbook that they do not, in fact, exist. I am expecting negative (or at least no positive) votes for my review. But when an author gives me a character as original and amusing as Don as a male lead and then slaps together a Rosie for his partner, out of all the Friendzone-tastic experiences of his life, I will not and cannot fully like his creation.
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