This book was more than I expected – it was everything I could have wanted. Meaning: I had no idea it would be this GOOD!!!!
I absolutely adored The Rosie Project when I listened to it in 2015. It was an audiobook recommendation by a friend and I loved it. A romance novel, written by a male author, featuring a scientist with Aspergers – “oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love”(Goodreads). It had everything I love about a romance novel and everything I needed for a novel to stand out, to be different. Unique. A story written outside the box. Book 2 The Rosie Effect was just ok. But OMG The Rosie Result brought it all home. What a fantastic conclusion.
The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
‘The phone call signalling an escalation in the Hudson Adjustment Problem came at 10:18 a.m. on a Friday morning . . .’
Meet Don Tillman, the genetics professor with a scientific approach to everything. But he’s facing a set of human dilemmas tougher than the trickiest of equations.
Right now he is in professional hot water after a lecture goes viral; his wife of 4,380 days, Rosie, is about to lose the research job she loves; and – the most serious problem of all – their eleven-year-old son, Hudson, is struggling at school. He’s a smart kid, but socially awkward-not fitting in.
Fortunately, Don’s had a lifetime’s experience of not fitting in. And he’s going to share the solutions with Hudson. He’ll need the help of old friends and new, lock horns with the education system, and face some big questions about himself. As well as opening the world’s best cocktail bar.
Big-hearted, hilarious and exuberantly life-affirming, The Rosie Result is a story of overcoming life’s obstacles with a little love and a lot of overthinking.
Don, is a scientist with Aspergers and his relationship with Rosie is just wonderful. Especially considering where Don started out from, and all the hurdles he had to overcome. Seeing him now with his child, and still going strong with Rosie after 13 years made me love him even more. Personally, I love it when kids are part of a story. Even better if the kid is like Hudson, a mini Don, with all his complexities.
I’m not going to lie, I have a weakness for quirky characters.
And often that comes when characters who struggle with every day occurrences, social niceties, and an overall way of thinking differently in a world that isn’t very forgiving or tolerant.
The Rosie Result is all about Don trying to make Hudson’s life at school easier. The way he goes about is heart warming and so “Don”. Hudson, with eleven years has a mind of his own, and a very strong personality. And I loved how the author took the offerings and advice of a village to resolve it all.
Don’s problem solving as always made me grin and chuckle. He still struggles with some aspects but he has Rosie to guide him when unsure. I truly love their relationship. The outspokenness, openness, and honesty between them works wonders.
Also incredibly fascinating was the interaction between school and parents, all the small dramas and school politics, especially in regards to Autism. It was a bit eye-opening too if I’m honest. But I loved how united Don and Rosie were in all things Hudson. I could talk for hours about the way Don and Rosie made me smile whenever they played good cop and bad cop – at least their version of it.
I believe this might even be the BEST book in this series.
That’s actually pretty amazing – it’s rare that sequels surpass the first novel. But for me it’s all about kids – they make books even better. And actually bring out the best in many characters.
Even though I listened to the first two books, I decided to read this one. I couldn’t wait any longer for the audiobook to be released. I also really wanted to buy the paperback, but not even that is available until May. So ebook was the way to go. I had the BEST time reading the finale of a series that I’ve enjoyed so much over the years. It’s actually bittersweet knowing that there won’t be another Don book. Especially since this one was SO GOOD!!
Something I wanted to mention, I have no idea if the author correctly portrait Autism or if the scientific explanations are true towards Autism. I hate that our world and society can be so incredibly intolerant towards minorities and anyone that is or feels differently. But for me this is still a work of fiction, I love the author’s voice, his characters and the way he writes. And I can’t wait to see if he’ll end up writing something as entertaining as this series again.
The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion