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The Rosie Effect

(Don Tillman #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  106,674 ratings  ·  10,652 reviews
The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project.

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

Paperback, 420 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by Penguin (first published 2014)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved The Rosie Project. Don Tillman was a character unlike any I had ever encountered before. Honest, hilarious, and easy to love (for the reader, not necessarily for the characters in the book). I was beyond excited when I heard there would be a second book. I was also a little apprehensive, which happens when I finish a book that I thought would be a stand-alone and that was amazing as a stand-alone.

After reading reviews that gave only a couple stars or only one star, I was downright SCARED
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Well, rats. Maybe my expectations were just too high after falling head over heels in love with The Rosie Project last year. Maybe there wasn’t enough magic left to make a worthy sequel. Whatever the case, I’m bummed I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would.

May 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, chick-lit
Is the magic gone?

It feels like it is.

Last year, I remember thinking that “The Rosie Project” was my favorite chick lit book ever, which was ironic because it had been written by a man. I thought it was hilarious and original.

This year, after reading “The Rosie Effect,” I am asking myself – was the first book much better or I just read it at the time when I had a better mood for it?

I don’t know. But reading “The Rosie Effect” just wasn’t the same. I didn’t find it funny, the jokes felt old and r
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a misnomer. There was hardly any "Rosie" in this book, only Don Tillman and the rest of the guys.

Also troubling, the women were portrayed as incubators, SJWs, inconsiderate and unreasonable. How did we go from adorable Don to Narcissistic Don in less than a year? *facepalm*
'The Rosie Effect' is the sequel to Graeme Simsion’s 2013 internationally best-selling novel 'The Rosie Project', which I enjoyed immensely (as did Bill Gates).
I had been very excited to read its sequel and revisit Don and Rosie – and I said as much in my 'Rosie Project' review.

But now I have read the sequel, and I did not care for it.

Allow me to try and relay the things I did not enjoy about this book, and assign them some sort of quantifiable value. I shall list what I did not like, and use
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I raced through this book and enjoyed every word. There were many laugh aloud moments and lots of those delightful sequences where Don manages to land on his feet despite everything.

This book becomes much more serious than The Rosie Project though and there are some sad and some stressful moments too. I was not happy with the character of Rosie for much of the book. She seemed to have lost her high spirits and her understanding of Don somewhere along the way and at times I wanted to give her a
Em Lost In Books
Apr 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-19, 2019, 1-star
Ugh. This was a disaster from start to finish.
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, signed-copy
Don Tillman what a guy. Graeme Simsion what a guy. I attended the Sydney launch of this book, so was really happy and interested to hear the background story of the author, and how The Rosie Project was bought to life, as well as this lovely second half. Don Tillman is such a quirky character, that I can see it took someone as equally charming and full of life as the author to bring this character into our lives, so many lives as it has - it's a very popular set of books and fans around the worl ...more
(3.5) I was wary after the Guardian review called this sequel “twice as long and only half as good” as The Rosie Project, but I actually enjoyed it just about as much as the original. In a new NYC setting, Rosie’s unplanned pregnancy has Don Tillman – and everyone else around him – assessing his suitability for fatherhood. He manages to supplement his textbook knowledge of obstetrics with some bizarre practical experience, such as assisting with a lesbian parenting study and having a hand in a ( ...more
Darth J
Have you ever watched Curb Your Enthusiasm? I liken this book to that only in the way that you can see the train wreck happening from a mile away but it’s going to happen anyway and you can’t look away even though the anxiety of the awkward social situation is just burning a hole in your stomach. Unfortunately, The Rosie Effect is not like Curb in that it’s just not funny or entertaining. I should have listened to Kelly before I read this.

Anyway, what I choose to write my review on is the confli
Jessica Jeffers
I am such an asshole.

I think I was among the minority of readers who wasn’t blown away by The Rosie Project. I thought that it was rather sweet at times, but the character development didn't always feel natural. Even taking into consideration the idea that you have to compromise and address personal issues before you can be successful with relationships, the changes the characters underwent for the sake of the plot just struck me as stretching credulity a little too much.

So if The Rosie Projec

As you may be able to tell from my status updates, I was a little frustrated with Rosie in this book. In turn that made me think perhaps this sequel was less enjoyable than the original, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that this book is just as good if not better than The Rosie Project. I was just taken for a loop because this book seemed so much more “real” than the first, and real life is hard and awkward and rage inducing.

Its possible that I was being too hard on Rosie,

What a total disappointment. And not just a lil one, but a total train wreck. I can't believe I wasted a day's worth of precious reading time on this. It was just that I kept expecting for it to get better! The first time around was the perfect blend of a slightly irritable, short, straight to the point, and sweet-but-simultaneously-almost-removed way of reporting the story. Don's voice was unusual, but yet still genuine, and despite him being an obviously unusual person, we were still able
Angela M
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I smiled, laughed and got teary eyed in this book just as I did in The Rosie Project because it's fun, funny, sad and just an all-around feel good story . I was thrilled to meet up with Don Tillman and his wife Rosie again. It‘s light hearted in the sense that there are some very funny moments in this book as we see Don trying to cope with married life , and preparing himself to be a father . You just can't imagine the things he does and I certainly don't want to spoil the fun of reading about t ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, audiobooks
This was an amusing sequel to The Rosie Project. The socially awkward scientist Don Tillman and his wife, Rosie, are now living in New York and expecting a baby. Don is worried he won't be a good father, so he sets out to get some parenting experience, which leads to a few disasters and damages his relationship with Rosie. Luckily, Don has some friends who can help him resolve the misunderstandings.

This plot hit a lot of the same notes as the first book, including how Don uses his idiosyncrasie
A fun follow-up to the Rosie Project. Not as hilarious as the first book, but I did get to laugh out loud a couple of times. I do enjoy the antics of Don Tillman and will look forward to listening to the narrator's voice when the next book in the series comes out.

3 out of 5 stars.
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I'm SO UPSET to give this book only two stars. I'm tempted to bump it up to three stars, because there are definitely some good parts to it and because I absolutely loved the first book, but honestly right now it feels like a two star book.

While the first book wasn't perfect, I found it to be utterly charming. Everything about it was so sweet and fun and real. The Rosie Effect, by contrast, feels like ... well, it feels like an author rushing out a sequel to capitalize on the enormous success of
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the second installment of this series! Okay, it wasn't as fabulous as the first one, but I think that was because I'd already 'met' the main character Don Tillman so knew all his quirks and traits. The first book 'The Rosie Project' was super brilliant because Don's personality was so interesting and new. In the second installment, his personality is still interesting and I think he is really quite a beautiful character, but I guess the premise was already set in the first novel, so no r ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The second book in this series picks up shortly after the first book. I enjoyed the same parts of this book as I did the first one. The characters, the mis-interpretations from Don, the banter, and the situations. I enjoyed imagining living in a gorgeous apartment with a beer cellar (is this the dream?!). I just love Don's character- his antics and lists make me smile and appreciate the book.

In my personal opinion, I don't think this series was warranted, I think the first book would've been en
The Rosie Effect is the second installment in the Don Tillman series written by author Graeme Simsion.

I adored the first book The Rosie Project, so imagine my disappointment when The Rosie Effect failed to live up to it's predecessor. That is my opinion at least. Please note though that three stars isn't horrible! It was still a good read, but when compared to the endearing, sweet, and funny story that came before it, there's just no comparison. The Rosie Effect was a bit more serious, as the t
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rosie Effect is the second novel by Australian author and playwright, Graeme Simsion, and the sequel to his highly popular novel, The Rosie Project. Now married, Don and Rosie are living in a cramped New York apartment while, as a visiting professor at Columbia, Don continues his research on alcoholic mice and Rosie studies to gain her MD qualification. Don’s friend, Gene, a geneticist and serial adulterer, has finally exhausted his wife’s tolerance for philandering and been thrown out, so D ...more
Helene Jeppesen
I must admit I was a bit disappointed in this book which is - in my opinion - nothing like The Rosie Project. It was fascinating being back inside Don's head, but I couldn't really stand how the author was consistenly trying to create funny situations that turned out not being that funny at all. I didn't feel a connection to the story nor Don or Rosie throughout most of the book, mostly because I didn't agree with their decisions which I considered silly and inconsiderate.
I am a bit flabbergast
In The Rosie Effect we meet some of the same characters as in The Rosie Project - Don is just the same - at times sweet, at times infuriating, always logical while Rosie is somewhat pre-occupied with her thesis, her pregnancy and Don’s interference in how she lives because of her pregnancy. Although they are now living in New York, Don’s good friend from Melbourne, Gene, comes to stay for a period. He is NOT the same Gene we knew previously - he is full of (mostly) sound advice for Don. How Don ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literaryfiction
Hm. This book was very stressful for me. While the first one was very madcap and very much a rom-com (and had originally been written as a screenplay) this one took a darker turn that I was not expecting.

There were plenty of misunderstandings due to Don taking everything literally and some of them funny, but some of them either mean or a bit scary. The police and mental health professionals are involved, not to spoil anything but just to give you an idea. Rosie is less likable because after a y
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Rosie Project, I fell in love with Don and Rosie, this author, and the narrator of the audiobook. Now again as Don and Rosie are living in NYC and expecting a baby, all the same elements are there. Don is on top of making sure Rosie stays healthy and knows what's best for the baby--what he doesn't know he reads up on-- but can't seem to feel anything emotionally for the fetus yet because ya can't get that from a book. Rosie is still going to school and as a result is not present in the st ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rare equals-the-original sequel. Don Tillman is the perennial nerd-in-love. A hopeless but not romantic fella who wins his gal, and offspring, pretty much from the getgo. Rosie, forgive her state, is a pill, and so Don is forgiven for becoming a man in the sense of, well, what is a dude's role? He, and we, find out, and I hope that this soon becomes a series of films or something: the Australian Sheldon Cooper longs to be cast! What could be baby-talk actually morphs into a story of Fathers ...more
Rosie and Don and now happily married, living in New York where Don is a visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia and Rosie is trying to finish writing her PhD thesis while also starting her medical studies. On top of that they still have their part time job making cocktails in a down town bar. Don is learning to embrace spontaneity and life is hectic but fun until Rosie drops a bombshell that sends Don into a spin.

It's no secret to those who haven't yet read this book that Don and Rosie are ex
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

This seriously disappointing sequel to The Rosie Project, should have actually been titled The Baby Project. This more appropriate suggestion is not a spoiler, as we find out about the baby 7 minutes into the book, and that is all we hear about for the next 100 pages. Baby this, baby that, baby baby baby. What is beyond the first 110ish pages, I cannot say, because that is where I DNF'd this baby.
Favorite Quote: N/A.

First Se
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha ha ha.

Although I had read “The Rosie Project” a couple of years ago, I typically do not often read sequels. In this case, I can say that I was wrong and should have read this book sooner.

As soon as I started to read, I remember how much I enjoyed the Don Tillman character. Yes his lack of social ability and his over exuberance on technical material, reveals the positive-negative traits of a person with Aspergers. He annoys and he charms. However, all this quirkiness, coupled with a lot of ac
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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 forty languages. Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with total sales of ...more

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“To the world’s most perfect woman.’ It was lucky my father was not present. Perfect is an absolute that cannot be modified, like unique or pregnant. My love for Rosie was so powerful that it had caused my brain to make a grammatical error.” 28 likes
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