'The Rosie Effect' book review

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Don is a relatable character and the way that Simsion crafted him was so even though he doesn’t go about doing anything the way a ‘normal’ person would, he makes lists for everything, he got his Dad to make a soundproof crib and likes to have a daily food routine. He is not autistic although he has got some autistic traits, also a continual feature of the book is his inability to interact well on an emotional level with humans and his battle to overcome this. As you read the book almost seeing the problems through his eyes, his solutions appear logical. It is only when you refer back to Rosie, Don’s wife, that you are able to see the problems in his logic.After reading 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion last year when the sequel came out I was anxious to read it. I have to say that it definitely did not disappoint. There were the laugh-out-loud moments that you rarely happen upon nowadays and each storyline thread was weaved together exceptionally well so that you could see how each problem was occurring and why Don, the protagonist, did what he did and how this evolved in a snowball like effect to get worse and worse.Their relationship and their flaws make them more human, they are the story after the ‘happily ever after’ and they are the problems which normal everyday people have, but exaggerated. Rosie doesn’t come from a typical family and, having read the first book which was equally as excellent; it makes it easier to understand her difficulties. It also illustrates how one person can have clear problems like Don, and other people can have problems which are just as crippling, but hidden away and less obvious, like Rosie. Her problems are overlooked and it reminds me how everyone has a problem they are hiding, perhaps even like Rosie, hiding it from themselves.
The other thing that ‘The Rosie Effect’ demonstrates to me is the ability of people to overcome problems and deal with them if the need is great enough. In ‘The Rosie Project’ Don has to tackle many of his issues in order to work out and finally get, what he really wants from life. In the second book, he has to remind himself to stay in check with what he has learned but he still has quite a few hurdles to cross.
All of this combined, with surprising twists and genuinely pleasant characters like Gene and Dave and Sonia, all of whom you will enjoy meeting if you give the book a try, creates a brilliant summer read. I would absolutely recommend reading it, if you haven’t read ‘The Rosie Project’, the first book, yet then read that first. If you enjoy witty well thought through books with loveable characters then this is for you, take it on your summer holiday or read it on the tube.

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The Clumsy Word Shaker
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