The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion!!!

January 5, 2015 Humor, Romance, Science 14

Oh Hey Bookworms!

It’s been FOREVER, hasn’t it? I know, I was off merry making and being lazy but I’m BACK and I’m pretty stoked to discuss today’s book. Remember last year when we read The Rosie Project (review) as a crew through The Fellowship of the Worms? There’s a sequel! And I read it! Eeeep! If you haven’t read The Rosie Project, stop reading right here because the whole premise of the sequel is a big fat spoiler for the first. So. SPOILER ALERT, Y’ALL! Now, let’s talk about The Rosie Effect! *OH yes, I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration from the publisher through NetGalley. I still have integrity, swearsies.*

rosieeffectWhen we last left them, Don and Rosie were fast tracking it to happily ever after in NYC. Rosie is double fisting it in academia working on her Psychology PHD AND Medical school, while Don is doing his genetics thing at a prestigious university. They also mix cocktails a few nights a week, for old time’s sake.

Happily Ever After seems attainable until some complications come into play… Namely? Rosie has some “something to celebrate” with Don. If you can’t guess the big news, it’s got a lot to do with zygotes and cell division… If you recall any of Don and Rosie’s adventures in dating, you’ll know that any big news probably won’t run the most smoothly.

Alright folks, let’s get down to the dirt. A lot of people are probably going to think The Rosie Effect is inferior to The Rosie ProjectFor me, as is the case with all sequels, once I’m attached to the characters I cannot wait to see what sorts of shenanigans they’ll get up to next. I love Rosie, I love Don, I love Gene and all the assorted weirdos that find their way into the story line. I thought The Rosie Effect was a fun read. If you’re not too cynical about sequels, I recommend you give this a shot.

Talk to me Bookworms, what makes you pick up a sequel? Do you have high expectations for them?

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14 Responses to “The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion!!!”

  1. Rhian

    Welcome back!

    I’m still reading this after having to put it aside for a bit. I will say I’m not liking Rosie very much.

    I had the great pleasure of seeing Graeme Simsion speak. If you have a chance to see him, I highly recommend it as he is an excellent and entertaining speaker.

    What makes me pick up a sequel is usually I’m interested enough in the unfinished business or potential future of the characters to want to read on. If the first book is exceptional I wouldn’t expect the sequel to match it which ensures I’m rarely disappointed. Thankfully there are plenty of sequels that match (or exceed) the promise of their predecessor.

    • Words For Worms

      Rosie was getting on my nerves a LOT, but eventually I forgave her because I hear hormones are wicked. I wouldn’t know. I’d love to see Simsion speak, I’ll have to keep an eye out for stateside appearances…

    • Words For Worms

      I didn’t go in with especially high expectations, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t disappointed? I mean. It’s a sequel. And fairly lighthearted. I think you’ll like it well enough, Ethel.

  2. Megan M.

    I liked The Rosie Project so I’m guessing I’ll like The Rosie Effect.

    Whether I want to read the sequel depends mostly on how much I loved the characters. If I loved the characters I’ll want to read more about them even if I’m not sure what the sequel would be about.

  3. Christine @ BookishlyB

    I read this book a few months ago and was a bit disappointed- the characters were pretty flat and the whole thing was just a bit silly. Disclaimer: I have a black, tiny, Grinchy heart.

    • Words For Worms

      Hahahhaa. Oh my heart is plenty grinchy, but I wasn’t all that grumpy about this one. You should have heard me complaining about Christmas music…

  4. ThatAshGirl

    I loved the first book but was kinda irritated to learn that it was getting a sequel. Partly because I’m getting irritated with the general trend that everything has to become a trilogy or series. Stand alone books are fine people! Especially when it’s not necessary to continue the story. Rant done. That being said I loved the first book so will pick this one up eventually after I’m done reading through my big stack ‘o Christmas Books (I got 12!!!)

    • Words For Worms

      I think it’s going to be made into a substantial series, seeing as this was listed as “Don Tillman #2.” I see what you’re saying though. Stand alones seem like a dying breed.

  5. Beth

    I got my library’s copy of The Rosie Effect yesterday, and finished a few hours later. And I loved it! It’s obviously different from the first, but it was a good follow up to these quirky characters. Unless I hate the original book, I always pick up a sequel. I think Simsion did a good job about writing what would really happen if someone like Don and Rosie were faced with such a crazy situation. I did find myself freaking out a bit for Don, of course. I had to put the book down more than once because I was so annoyed at and worried for Don, but it’s mostly because I’ve gotten so attached to the character and I was actually afraid of what was going to happen to him. That kind of emotional reaction to a character’s plight is rare for me, so kudos to Simsion for his ability to bring it out in me.

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