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Earlier this year, I read The Rosie Project. I had heard good things about it and it lived up to the hype. I reviewed it over at Goodreads, if you're interested in hearing my thoughts. When I found out there was going to be a sequel, I was all over that. So when the opportunity came about to read it ahead of the publication date, I didn't let it slip through my fingers.
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. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)
The Rosie Effect was definitely a fun follow-up to The Rosie Project. I found myself getting into the story easily and there were some reminders from the previous book from time to time. It was nice to learn more about Don as he navigated his way through new territory. I love all the misunderstandings and how he manages to get himself in trouble so easily. And what he does to cover up the problem is even crazier. It was easy to visualize characters and scenery, as well as everything that was going on within the story. I felt genuinely invested in the story and characters, just like in the previous novel.
My only critique is that some parts became confusing when it came to dialogue. It was hard to tell who was talking at times and I'd have to re-read conversations to figure out what was happening. I also would have liked some chapters from Rosie's perspective this time around. It would be interesting to see what is going through her mind during the times Don is driving her crazy. I hope there will be another book about Don and Rosie that picks up where they left off. All good things come in threes, right?
Thanks to Penguin Random House UK for the book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks also to Simon and Schuster, as they have two copies for some lucky US readers!
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