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Don Tillman #3

The Rosie Result

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I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters and an ending that will have readers cheering for joy, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project.

376 pages, Paperback

First published February 5, 2019

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Graeme Simsion

39 books5,498 followers
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 sequels, The Rosie Effect, and The Rosie Result, were also bestsellers, with total sales of the series in excess of five million.
Graeme's third novel was The Best of Adam Sharp, a story of a love affair re-kindled - and its consequences. Movie rights have been optioned by Vocab Films / New Sparta Films with Toni Collette attached to direct.
Creative Differences was originally created as an 'Audible Original' audiobook, but is now in print with a collection of short stories from across Graeme's career.
Two Steps Forward is a story of renewal set on the Camino de Santiago, written with his wife, Anne Buist, whose own books include Medea's Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I would Kill for, The Long Shadow and Locked Ward. Movie rights were optioned by Fox Searchlight. A sequel, Two Steps Onward, was published in 2021.
Graeme is a frequent presenter of seminars on writing. The Novel Project is his practical, step by step approach to writing a novel or memoir.

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1,286 reviews2,204 followers
May 24, 2019

It was great to catch up with Don and Rosie after the first two novels of this trilogy and it was good to get to know their eleven year old son Hudson who stole my heart. With a blend of humor, heart and a big dose of reality, this is a feel good story about parenthood, friendship, about knowing who you are and dealing with what others think you are or want you to be, about being different, being accepted. It’s mostly about two parents love for their child and wanting the best for him. There is also a much more direct focus on autism, which is something that is implied in the first two books, but not addressed as it is here.

Don and Rosie move back to Australia for Rosie’s new job and the adjustment for all of them including Hudson poses a number of problems . Don decides to quit his job and become the full time head of Project Hudson to insure that he is prepared for high school and can fit in. Don’s quirky reactions and sometimes awkward way of dealing with people make for some funny moments and some poignant ones. This was a satisfying ending to the story, that had me cheering for Don and Rosie and Hudson all the way. For anyone who connected with these characters in the previous books, this is a must read.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Text Publishing through Edelweiss and NetGalley.
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3,228 reviews2,057 followers
January 5, 2019
This is an excellent conclusion to a very entertaining series which has a serious topic at its heart. Graeme Simsion deals with it with a very light touch.

In The Rosie Project we met Don who obviously has autism but who,with the help of various techniques he has developed, is coping in mainstream life, though sometimes with humorous results. In The Rosie Effect life moved on with the addition of a wife and a baby and various understanding friends. Now in the last book the baby, Hudson, is eleven years old and is showing many of the characteristics which made growing up difficult for his father.

The Rosie Result deals with Hudson's problems at school and the way the family is affected but always in an entertaining way. The author deftly weaves his way between issues such as should a child be labelled as having autism, is medication the answer, should the individual with autism be made to "fit in" or should society accept them as they are.

I think I enjoyed this final book in the trilogy the most out of the three. It is a very satisfactory conclusion and leaves the reader with the sense that the future for Don and his little family is all well.

Thanks to Text Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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1,101 reviews566 followers
January 28, 2019
Welcome back to the quirk you would expect from Graeme and from Don!

Who can top this? ... I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began ...

Don Tillman how I have missed you! How spoilt was I to receive an arc with a signed letter from the author. I am a privileged reader!

What a joy it was to join the loveable cast once more - not one character not to love - well, maybe just one.

We join Rosie and Don as their baby turns 11, Hudson is the result of this quirky coupling, and mum and dad think he needs some social assistance, thus the ‘Hudson project’ is born. Don’t you just think the names of this series are all perfect?

Writing to devour, characters to cheer for, this is full of quirk and fun. I fully recommend this as a satisfying finale to a quirky yet quality series, fans will not be disappointed.

With thanks to Text Publishing and Graeme Simsion for my hard copy to read and review.
November 21, 2019
2.5 stars.

A disappointing conclusion to this unique and quirky series.

I read and loved the first two books in this series a few years ago. I remember laughing out loud while reading, smiling while following Don’s eccentric journey and feeling truly invested in the characters and storyline. Unfortunately, none of that happened for me in this third instalment. I’m not sure if it is because my reading tastes have changed over the years or this story wasn’t as quirky and fun as the previous two books or this simply didn’t live up to my expectations. It was nice to get back into these characters’ lives but the story left me feeling underwhelmed.

There have been many fantastic reviews, so please make sure to read those as I am definitely the outlier. I stand by my high recommendation of the first two books in this series which were terrific!

Thank you to NetGalley and my lovely local library for providing me with a copy of this novel.
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991 reviews192 followers
January 3, 2019
Sadly the The Rosie Result was the last book in the Don Tilman series, but what a great book to end it with. I have read the previous two books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Aussie author Graeme Simsion is a very talented author and truly knows how to keep his readers entertained.

This book is charming, heartwarming, quirky and quite funny what else could you want in a book? If you haven’t read this book or the series then please do yourself a favor and grab a copy you won’t be disappointed. Highly recommended.

With thanks to Text Publishing for my copy to read and review.
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759 reviews2,128 followers
May 26, 2020
4.5 stars

The Rosie Result was much more than I expected – it was everything I could have wanted. Meaning: I had no idea it would be this GOOD!!!!

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.

Now, in The Rosie Result, the author focused on Don, and his relationship with his son, Hudson. The book is all about Don trying to make Hudson’s life at school easier. The way he goes about is heart warming and so “Don”. And Hudson, with his eleven years, has a mind of his own, and a very strong personality.

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. Don, is one of my most favorite male characters. And his problem solving has always made me grin and chuckle. I’m not going to lie, I have a weakness for quirky characters.


I truly love their relationship. The outspokenness, openness, and honesty between them works wonders. And 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.

last thoughts


That’s actually pretty amazing – it’s rare that sequels surpass first novels. But for me, having Hudson as part of the storyline, made this book even better.

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 in regards to 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.

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454 reviews253 followers
June 5, 2019
Don, what happened?!

The first two books had been really interesting and fun to read. They were quirky, but delightful. "The Rosie Result", on the other hand, sometimes feels more an instruction or a thesis on a kid with an Asperger, than a full, complete book. I won't deny, the writing is good, it flows smoothly, it is easy to follow, it is light, but not primitive. But the plot... Not that the plot is very bad or illogical or stupid, no. But it is so bland, so mediocre, that I just don't remember already what this book was about. And where are Don's friends? They were a focal point of the story in the first two books, but only made a slight cameo appearances in the Rosie Result and that's it.

It hadn't been a horrible book, but I had much, much higher hopes and expectations and this book actually disappointed me. 5/10 would be fair rating, but 3* would be too much. I didn't "like" this book, it was just normal, just ok, hence, 2*.
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1,047 reviews902 followers
January 7, 2019
4.5 stars

The Rosie Result is the third and last novel in the Don Tillman series. In the previous novel, The Rosie Effect, Don and his wife, Rosie, were living in New York and were preparing to become parents.

Fast forward eleven years and the Tillmans have just moved back to Melbourne, Australia, where Don takes a position as a genetics professor at a university and Rosie becomes the lead researcher for a mental health project. Their son, Hudson, now eleven, has a hard time settling in in the new school. Meltdowns occur, problems at school, issues with making friends, irritating the teacher etc. The Tillmans are summoned to school to discuss Hudson's behaviour issues. In no uncertain terms, it's recommended they seek a professional assessment for autism. It wouldn't be the first time parents don't notice the obvious, no matter how educated they are. Both parents are conflicted.
Due to a kerfuffle at the university, Don takes one year off without pay. That allows him to embark on the Hudson Project.

The Hudson Project is made up of issues that need addressing, in order to guarantee Hudson's acceptance in high school and general wellbeing. Some of those include: helping Hudson making friends; increasing his competency with regards to catching a ball and other useful skills; and so on. Over the years, Don has learnt the importance of a good support system and he makes the most of his friends' skills and expertise. Don Tillman is one hell of a problem solver. I loved his methodical and logical approach to obtaining results. He's a very involved father. And a businessman, and a cocktail maker. He excels in many other areas. Who said that people on the spectrum are one horse ponies? If I have one criticism is that Don is better than most men I've come across, neurotypical or otherwise - but I'll let it pass, as this is a novel, not a non-fiction account.

Graeme Simsion is one clever cookie. He addresses quite complex issues regarding Autism spectrum diagnosis that comes with the "added benefit" of being labelled as autistic and people making assumptions. Of course, the flipside is that by having a diagnostic one can excuse/explain certain behaviours. We are introduced to a couple of opposing views when it comes to interventions, even to Autism activists. Other issues touched upon are the double standards working mothers encounter, the ingrained sexism; anti-vaxing and anti-doctors attitudes ("Thanks", America!). While this is a light read, there's a lot to ponder and learn.

In conclusion, it was a joy to see what Don Tillman was up to now that he was a father. Without a doubt, he is one of my favourite literary male characters.

We need more Don Tillmans in this world.

Many thanks to Text Publishing for sending me a copy of this novel. And congratulations to the cover designer(s).
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2,133 reviews200 followers
October 28, 2019
This solid effort is much better than Tillman 2, despite dealing with a multitude of difficult subjects. Mr. Simsion is in excellent form with his writing and direction. 9 of 10 stars
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Author 22 books426 followers
July 23, 2022
I had observed that neurotypicals criticized autistic people for lacking empathy--towards them--but seldom made any effort to improve their own empathy towards autistic people. -- Don Tillman

I agreed with that quote. It resonated. Nothing else in this book did.

I loved The Rosie Project. It contained a plot, lovable characters, and was heartwarming in a way that was absent in the two sequels. The Rosie Effect, in comparison, was terribly lacking... it was cheesy, completely missing a plot, and the previously lovable characters became bitter caricatures of themselves. Unfortunately, The Rosie Result, which dealt with Don and Rosie's son, Hudson, was the worst of the lot. Wash, rinse, repeat--Hudson screwed up at school, the principal called, Rosie fought her boss to get off work, Don made "funny" quips, the school staff made insane remarks about autism, Hudson learned a lesson, and Don felt better about his parenting. That's literally the entire book...almost 400 pages of utter boredom. It was tedious and took me forever to slog through.

And don't even get me started on the characters deciding they have autism because they took an on-line quiz. I mean, I was told I'm a banana during one of those quizzes, but I recognized that on-line quizzes aren't always accurate or believable. It took almost a year to get my son's diagnosis, and that was after a multitude of tests, exams, and interviews. There is no legitimacy in "identifying as autistic" without the proper testing. Are we all Jerry Seinfeld now?

Suffice it to say, I won't be reading anymore Simsion novels, and I refuse to recommend this book to anyone. Stick to the first novel in the series...it's the only one worth reading.

**Thanks go to NetGalley, Text Publishing, and Graeme Simsion for the ARC. My clearly unpopular views are my own.
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2,179 reviews617 followers
January 18, 2019
It was delightful to be back with Don and Rosie in this final sequel to the Rosie Project and the Rosie Effect. Good to see all their old friends again, meet some new ones and get to know their eleven year old son, Hudson.

The family has moved back to Australia where Rosie has a new job leading a research project and Don has taken up an academic job at the University. Rosie and Don seem to have reached a happy equilibrium in their marriage and parenting styles. Hudson is just as smart and quirky as Don and having trouble fitting in at his new school. Wanting his son to avoid the social isolation he felt at school and as a young man, Don decides the solution is to devise the Hudson project with steps to help Hudson develop life skills that will make him fit in better and make friends. Of course, in typical Don style this leads to many humorous situations and also a realisation that Hudson is quite capable of working out solutions to his own problems.

I loved being back in Don's world where the lines between neuro-typical and -atypical are blurred. Don fights anyone labelling his son (or himself) and Simsion has us questioning whether Hudson shouldn't just be left alone to be his quirky and lovable self without having to conform to what the school and society wants him to be. Simsion has a very light touch dealing with a number of different issues that affect families and their children (vaccination, violence, friendship, bullying, lying and forgiveness) and provides us with a lot to think about but also to laugh at. As Hudson prepares to move onto High School we know his life is always going to be interesting with Don around.

With thanks to Text Publishing for a copy of the book to read
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1,355 reviews123 followers
March 30, 2023
The last book in the Rosie series and I feel like this book has wrapped it up perfectly.

The Rosie Result is ten years on from book two. Rosie and Don are now back in Australia with their ten year old son Hudson and there's a lot going on. Don has five initial problems to solve which he goes about in his usual logical way.

I felt like this book tackled quite a big issue on labelling autism / Asperger's and it certainly made me think, in fact it rewired my neuro typical mindset on the subject completely.

So that's that then, the journey with Don and Rosie is officially over, two people who taught me a lot and who won't be forgotten.

Five stars.
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726 reviews492 followers
January 10, 2020
What a satisfying ending to the Don Tillman trilogy of THE ROSIE PROJECT fame! A real page-turner! Humorous, yes, but I felt this book to be more provocative than the first two books, especially in regards to the autism spectrum. A great cast of characters that were relatable and sympathetic! Highly recommend!
September 23, 2019

**4.5 stars**

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. (2019).
(Don Tillman; #3)

Don and Rosie are back in Australia after a decade in New York and they're about to face their most important challenge. Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school because he's socially awkward and not fitting in. Don has spent his whole life trying to fit in so who better to teach Hudson the skills he need? The Hudson Project will require the help of friends, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and raise questions about his own identity. Meanwhile there are multiple distractions: Don's in trouble with his work, Rosie is having troubles at her work, Don's continuing estrangement from his best friend Gene... and now opening the world's best cocktail bar.

I'm going to start off by saying it's definitely possible for you to read this novel as a standalone and still enjoy it, but I would highly recommend reading the previous novels first. I personally really enjoyed the first (The Rosie Project) but while I liked the second one (The Rosie Effect) it didn't have the same level of appeal to me. However this third book was fantastic. Although it would have ruined the sequence of titles, it really should have been called 'The Hudson Project' as majority of the plotline relates to Hudson. Don is such an interesting lead character to follow; I really enjoyed his straight out approach and way of speaking, and felt for him when that would lead to awkward and cringy moments. Hudson was a great new character in this series with very similar traits to Don. Despite many humorous moments, this book actually covers quite a few serious topics including but not limited to autism, women/mother's role in the workplace, domestic violence and bullying. This is a very thought-provoking and brilliant end to this trilogy and it's a trilogy I'd highly recommend.
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1,182 reviews73 followers
March 27, 2022
4 Stars for The Rosie Result (audiobook) by Graeme Simsion read by Dan O’Grady.

This was a interesting end to the trilogy. The story moves back to Australia and mainly revolves around the couple’s 11 year old son. The son has similar traits to his dad. And there is a lot of contemplation about autism between the father and son.
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1,098 reviews
May 10, 2019
This is the third book of the Don Tillman series and I have enjoyed them all - but the first and the third are the best. In this one Don and Rosie are living in Australia with their son, Hudson. Hudson is having some trouble at school and the school is pushing Don and Rosie to be have him tested for autism. Also Don had some trouble at work - referred to as "the Genetics Lecture Outrage" - so he opens a bar. Rosie is embroiled in her own problems at work

There were many times the book made me laugh, but it also made me think about how people are treated when they are different and don't fit the perceived social norm. There were some hot-topic subjects brought up in the book that Graeme Simsion dealt with very masterfully - well done!
Don and Rosie are charming, quirky, lovable characters and I enjoyed spending time in their world.

Thanks to Graeme Simsion and Text Publishing through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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1,063 reviews31 followers
March 14, 2019
Absolutely brilliant! The third and final instalment in the trilogy is definitely the best. It would be possible to read this one without having read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect but you’d being doing yourself a disservice.

Simision, subtlety and effectively, tackles some of the most poignant and significant issues of our times. From the serious diagnosis of children (in this case autism) and race issues to children’s rights, bullying, vaccinating, friendships and even sex Ed.

There are genuine laugh-out-loud moments, all embedded in the quirky voice of Don Tillman. Rosie faces just as many social conundrums from being a working mother, wanting a stellar career, supporting her husband and child and not being impeded by the mere fact she is female.

A lovely reunion of well-loved characters, who I am sad to say farewell. However, incredibly happy to have read on the book jacket that the preceding novels have been picked up for film rights (Sony).
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183 reviews24 followers
June 7, 2019
This book was hilarious!! A perfect ending to the series, and in my opinion even better than the first and second book!

In the spotlight we have Hudson, Rosie’s and Don’s son. After moving back to Australia from New York City, he is having some issues at school, which eventually results in Don starting the Hudson project, to improve various skills, so that he may fit in better with his peers.

Don’s social clumsiness was both adorable and thought-provoking, because sometimes the things people say really do not make sense, if you think about them logically. In book one and two, Don is described in such a way that implies he is on the autism spectrum, but it is not actually said until book three.

After doing some research, I found out that Graeme Simsion himself is not autistic, nor are any of his close friends or family members (as far as I know). Therefore I am not sure how representative his behavior is for actual autism, but it does tick a lot of stereotypical boxes. This is not necessarily bad, but I thought it was important to include.

All in all, I thought this book was highly enjoyable and heartwarming. Fitting in is not always about adjusting yourself, sometimes it’s about other people making room for you to be yourself!
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3,398 reviews147 followers
January 2, 2019
The Rosie Result is the third book in the Don Tillman trilogy by best-selling Australian author and playwright, Graeme Simsion. But for job applications and performance reviews, life is virtually perfect for Don, Rosie and young Hudson in New York. A mere eight months later, a job-related return to Melbourne has unsettled Hudson, now eleven, and Don rates this the most severe of the five problems that he has identified as affecting his overall contentment. It needs some drastic action, and Don has learned from experience to present the solution to Rosie before implementing it, but Rosie has always considered problem-solving as one of Don’s strengths.

“I said when I married you that I was expecting constant craziness, so I'd be letting us both down if I said no. We're a professor of genetics and a mental health researcher and we're going to open a cocktail bar and fly in a refrigeration engineer from New York. Of course we are.” And surprisingly, this is a big stride towards the solution of all five problems but, of course, nothing is simple.

As Don learns how to be the father of a very individual pre-teen boy, he soon realises that his own expertise in growing up different will not suffice, and he will have to outsource The Hudson Project: he calls on his friends (all six of them!) and they willingly contribute, proving the truth of the adage “it takes a village to raise a child”. Hudson learns that the world, unfortunately, requires those who are different to conform, but does it have to be that way?

While Don provides the reader with plenty of humour, Simsion also uses events, and the family’s reaction to them, to explore the myriad of issues surrounding autism, many of which might be applicable to other conditions or life preferences. He has unqualified observers giving their “expert” opinion; an autism activist taking issue with accepted terminology; friends on the spectrum warning of the potential adverse effects of a diagnosis (for Hudson), even as Don is advised by neurotypical to himself get a diagnosis to use in his defence; the debate on treatment autonomy is also touched on.

From page one, Don is in fine voice and the snickers, giggles and laugh-out-loud moments that his statements are likely to frequently cause will mean it would be prudent not to read this novel in the quiet carriage on public transport. Rosie, too, is in excellent form, proving herself a capable mother to a surprisingly mature son, and the sexism that she encounters daily from her boss is cleverly dealt with.

While this third installment could stand alone, there are many references to characters and events from the first two novels, so readers new to Don and Rosie ought to begin their enjoyment with The Rosie Project. Hugely entertaining but also thought-provoking: a wonderful read.
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1,080 reviews7 followers
December 21, 2018
3.5 stars

The story picks up 11 years after The Rosie Effect with the Tillman family moving to Australia. The result is that their son, Hudson, really struggles to adapt to the new school. I found it very interesting how very different two teachers in the same school can be in their approach to children with alternative needs.

When Hudson does manage to make a friend its of course more complicated than what it should be.

With Rosie the story looks at the unfairness of women pursuing demanding careers. Society expects women to work like they don’t have children and parent like they don’t have a job.

So, Don decides to take a time-out from academic life to focus on the Hudson Project to help his son adjust to all the new changes in his life. But with Don being Don he could not sit still for long and gets involved in the launch of a new bar….. but it’s not just any kind of bar.

There is a lot of focus on what it means to be on the autism spectrum, much more than in the other two books. It’s said that people with autism lacks empathy for neurotypicals yet neurotypicals never adjust their own empathy for those with autism.

I loved being back in the world of Don and Rosie but I enjoyed the first two just a little bit more than this one.

This is a sweet and very quick read that’s perfect for the holidays.

Netgalley ARC: Expected Publish Date 05 Feb 2019
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548 reviews99 followers
August 7, 2021
Worthy conclusion to the series

Rosie’s and Don’s son Hudson has turned 11 and they move back to Australia.

It becomes obvious that Hudson is struggling in his new school with some behavioral issues possibly due to autism. At the same time Don also is facing some unintended problem at his workplace,

So this book deals with the obstacles people face that do not fit in the mainstream, whereby the reason for their being different might lie in various fields. They might have a different sexual orientation, they might belong to a different nationality or ethnical group, they might deviate in different ways from standard psychological behavior, they might simply look differently etc.

Even though this book is full of humourous touches it regards a wider range of difficulties in social interaction and social acceptance. This makes it a bit less funny than the two previous volumes, but gives the reader a better outlook what people are facing that move a bit beside the mainstream.

I really enjoyed the book, even though in the end there were perfect solutions for everything, which never ever happened in my life. ^^

Nevertheless I gladly assign 4 stars.

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2,736 reviews941 followers
July 28, 2019
Here's a link to my second review in this series:
The Rosie Result

I flat out disliked the second book and was flabbergasted that Simsion changed things up to having Rosie and Don move to New York and having Don and Rosie act of character. Thank goodness that is all fixed in the third book with us following Don and Rosie eleven years after the birth of their son Hudson. Simsion also kept force fitting in the character of Gene (who I disliked) and we find out what all happened there. I think that this book definitely shines a lot more and we finally have Don coming to realize that he doesn't have to be labeled something he doesn't want and if he does, he can own things in his own way. We get to see he and Rosie actually working as partners. Things that didn't work for me was the parents of Blanche. That whole story-line was wonderfully handled, but the ending it just seemed that people are all going to just wait for something worse to happen. Also, I think that we didn't really get a satisfying ending with the woman who caused Don to get in trouble at university. I guess I don't like the idea of someone trying to use racism to get some hits on their blog and who we get to see acting like a racist jerk later in the story.

"The Rose Result" follows Don and Rosie as they move back to Australia with their 10 year old son Hudson. Moving from New York back to Australia has caused some difficulties for the whole family. Rosie has a change to be on a great clinical trial but her being a wife and mother is holding her back due to the sexism of the head researcher. Don goofs badly when talking about racism in his class and his lecture goes viral. From there he is at loose ends on what to do. Hudson is having problems in school and seems to have no friends and his teacher and principal think he may be autistic.

We once again get the story told via Don's POV. We have plain speaking Don back and for once he's not trying to be sneaky or do things that he would never have tried in the first book. He and Rosie are more partners in this one with them both trying to deal with work and parenting. I also thought that there is a little hint there about why the two of them have fallen off a bit with their love-making, but it's not followed up with which I thought was rare considering the character of Don.

We also find out about some of Don's longstanding friendships with Claudia, Gene, George, and Dave. We still have Don wanting to "fix" his friends, but for once he doesn't try to meddle without discussing it. And I have to say that we get a better insight into his relationship with his father. And I loved Rosie's relationship with her dad in this one too and honestly how many people loved the Tillman family.

The biggest thing I thought was that this book challenges stereotypes of those who are autistic. We know that Don has refused to be labeled and has danced away from that in his life. However, now that things are going badly for Hudson at school, Don is focused on the Hudson Project and Don quits his job and works on ways to make sure that his son doesn't suffer as he did as a child and adult. I thought this was so good and I loved how Simsion handled it.

The secondary characters are very good in this one. I really liked Hudson a lot and thought that he was a really good and thoughtful kid. His budding friendship with two kids in his school were great (Blanche and Dev) though I really really disliked Blanche's parents.

And we get Simsion doing a great job juxtaposing another family to the Tillman's. Blanche's parents don't believe in science, refuse to have her vaccinated, and all signs points to her father abusing her mother. I really wish that some things had gotten a bigger push by Simsion. The vaccination thing really ticks me off. I have had to personally decline to go over to people's homes who don't vaccinate their children because my stomach condition can flare up worse if I get sick with the flu and studies have shown that with full vaccination (I am) it gets better. Obviously people who can't get vaccinated due to their own medical conditions is a different thing. Okay, off my soapbox now.

The writing was great. I think that the last book lost something with Rosie and Don being in New York and this book brings back all that heart that was missing. The flow was very good though I got confused about how terms/schools work in Australia.

The book ends I thought on a good note for Hudson though I wish things had been better resolved on a lot of fronts (Gene, Blanche's parents, what Hudson did/didn't do, and Don's new job).
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1,730 reviews6,662 followers
June 27, 2019
Don and Rosie's 11-year-old son Hudson captures the main storyline in this final installment of the Don Tillman trilogy. Don and Hudson hold heavy screen time compared to the other characters readers have come to love, but the story stays entertaining while delivering a strong education component about autism and social conventions. If you have followed the series up to this point, definitely finish it up with this one.

My favorite quote:
"Always a mistake to underestimate an aspie."

Audiobook narrated by Dan O'Grady.
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1,915 reviews273 followers
May 10, 2019
3.5 stars
In 2013, The Rosie Project landed on bookshelves. It caused a sensation, it was published worldwide and made Graeme Simsion, the author, a household name. What The Rosie Project did for many was give a voice to those with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. For the third and final book in the popular Don Tillman series, The Rosie Result, Don and his wife Rosie allow their son, Hudson, to take centre stage. The Tillman family face some hard truths, with often hilarious, but heart-warming results.

The Rosie Result follows on from Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman’s life in Australia after their decade long stint in New York. With them is their eleven year old son Hudson, who is having difficulty adjusting to school life. Hudson’s father, Don, knows all too well how hard it is to fit in and he makes it his mission to help his son as best he can. What results is ‘The Hudson Project’, which requires that Don look into his own personal journey, while at the same time reaching out for help from old friends and making new acquaintances. While assisting his son, Don completes a process of self examination, and it reveals as much about himself as his son. This journey Don undertakes also sees him simultaneously deal with a professional crisis, assist his wife Rosie to overcome an unfair work issue, extend his bar interests and deal with a broken friendship. Witty, sharp, nuanced and in touch with modern thinking, The Rosie Result is the final chapter in a series that has been embraced wholeheartedly by readers everywhere.

I have a been a follower of the Rosie/Don Tillman series since I read the first book for my book club, when it was published in 2013. I read the follow up, The Rosie Effect and I was keen to finish off the series with The Rosie Result. It seems a little sad to say goodbye to Don, Rosie and their company, but having enjoyed Graeme Simsion’s other standalone work I am sure we have plenty to look forward to from Mr Simsion.

I decided to select The Rosie Result, for Book Bingo 2019. I needed a comedy based book to fulfil the requirements of one of the bingo categories. I know from my experience in the past with Graeme Simsion’s work that I am always guaranteed some laughs. The Rosie Result didn’t quite deliver the level of hilarity I was expecting, but nevertheless, this novel was charming as well as amusing in places. I didn’t explode in laughter, but I did snigger, mostly due to Don’s direct tone, blunt remarks, unusual escapades and sticky binds. I actually felt bad in places laughing at Don this time around. I didn’t like the idea that I was laughing at him. I think in this age, we are much more conscious of our treatment of those who are a little outside the box. Don has never had an official diagnosis for his behaviour, but I still felt a little uncomfortable to be honest, poking fun of his difficulties in negotiating the world around him.

That problem aside, Simsion provides an insightful and balanced glimpse into a child dealing with possible Autism. Simsion adequately assesses all points of view in Hudson’s life. These perceptions include Hudson’s parents, grandparents, the school community, professionals and friends. What I also appreciated about this well rounded take on Autism, was how Simsion seized this opportunity to debunk a number of resounding myths circulating in our community about Autism. The focus on key factors determining its root cause sat well with me. Simsion really is champion for the cause, raising the awareness of his audience of the hard road travelled by the many Don Tillman’s out there.

An excellent periphery character set rounds off The Rosie Result. These include old favourites and returning characters, as well as new friends and foes. I did enjoy the sequences highlighting the inequality faced by Rosie in the workplace, I think this will sit well with many readers. In addition, I did sympathise with Hudson’s new school friend, who enables us to see how visual disability is treated in the school system, as well as the wider community. There are plenty of complex and serious issues covered in The Rosie Result that are dealt with in a respectful, but enlightening tone.

Graeme Simsion draws his popular Rosie series to a close in a fitting manner. The Rosie Result is a staple read for fans of the series, and it will appeal to newcomers to the life of Don Tillman.

*Book #5 of the 2019 Aussie male author challenge.
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257 reviews24 followers
November 12, 2022
This is the third installment in the Rosie-series of Australian author Graeme Simsion which consists of:
- The Rosie Project
- The Rosie Effect
- The Rosie Result

The first book crossed my path many years ago, at a moment where I hadn't read much for two decades.
Although the story wasn't very plausible, the humoristic tone immediately stole my heart.
Apparently lots of people thought the same way, as this debut became an instant worldwide hit.

The second installment - which I read quickly afterwards - wasn't on the same level at all.
It mainly lacked the typical humour of the first book.
Furthermore the characters were often annoying and big parts of the plot (was there even one?) couldn't hold my attention.

In between I read Camino, a book Graeme Simsion wrote with his wife Anne Buist.
Rarely have I encountered such a boring book, which is the reason why the second part in the Camino-series Roadtrip didn't make it to my 'to be read'-list.

Not so long ago I saw that there was a third Rosie-book and I decided to give this author one last try.
Either the humour which I remember from the first book wasn't there anymore or my reading taste has changed dramatically**.
Besides that, there was also a very moralizing tone which became worse towards the end.
Maybe my memory isn't what it used to be, but I don't remember that in the first two books there was such an emphasis on autism and Asperger's. Of course, it was suggested implicitly, but not in the way this book beats us over the head with it by explicitly and endlessly bringing it up. At times this installment reads more like a text book written by his psychiatrist wife Anne Buist. The characters didn't feel real anymore, but only there to serve a cause: sensitise people on autism. Now I've got nothing against that, but the way it's done feels way too forced and unnatural.

Despite the story often being boring, there were some parts where I wanted to know what would happen. That's why I'm rating this 2* instead of 1*.
But I definitely won't read any book by this author anymore**.

** Although I'll probably make one exception: one day I'll read The Rosie Project again. Just to see if the humour still appeals to me or not.
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3,608 reviews2,581 followers
May 15, 2019
I was eager to go along for the further adventures of Don Tillman after The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, but this final book in the trilogy ultimately felt sort of unnecessary (and endless at nearly 400 pages). Don and Rosie have returned to Australia with their son Hudson, now 11 years old. Hudson is a lot like his dad, which means they both get into sticky situations that could have been avoided with better social skills and more tact. Don takes a career break to help Hudson adjust to his new school and make some friends. While I liked how Simsion tackles the question of an autism diagnosis head-on in this novel instead of sidling past it as previously, it also means that the story somehow feels constrained by both stereotypes and political correctness (if that’s not a paradox). Rosie is no more than a background character. The greatest pleasure is still to be had from the way Don speaks and narrates his thinking process, but the bar venture is also fun, and Hudson’s best friend being raised by anti-vaxxers who distrust traditional medicine is a canny example of how science can bust superstitions.
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974 reviews53 followers
February 10, 2019
I like the way Graeme Simsion has approached the issue of autism because after my two strokes I changed what I did for a living and went from a vice president of finance to helping people being a health worker at a mental hospital. He has Don, who is on the spectrum of autism, and his wife Rosie, who is not, moving from New York to Melbourne, with their 11 year old boy, who the schools want the autistic label attached to, because of several problems that have erupted since his move to the school. Graeme uses Don as a scape goat to being a bias person within a lecture he was giving. The University decided to put him on a years sabbatical, but then he quit his job to help his son, Hudson, with fitting in with school. It's made with humor and annoying common day exchanges with his son. Don doesn't want his son to have the same things happen to him as he had. He starts a bar with the help of his friends and the help of his son as an IT person. All this and Rosie was helping any way she could find. It's a really interesting book to read as I need a break from mysteries. I like the hidden humor in the story. This is the third book in the series and I've read all three.
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199 reviews60 followers
May 24, 2019
“The Rosie Result” is a third and last book in the Don Tillman series and it is as enjoyable as two previous books. I love Tillman family and I will miss them dearly. This was, as expected, a fun, quirky, and laugh-out-loud read and I am truly sad that there will be no more. I found this book not only funny and charming, but also very insightful. The author digs deep into what it means to live with autism and how others in our society view autism, while still keeping this story light and witty. I got an opportunity to see autism from the perspective of everyone involved, including the autistic person, his family, friends, and even the professionals involved.

I will definitely re-read this series one day. This is a feel-good trilogy that will always put a smile on my face.

Thank you Netgalley, Text Publishing, and the author, Graeme Simsion for giving me an opportunity to read an early copy of this delightful book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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1,007 reviews123 followers
July 4, 2019
It was great to be back in the life of Don Tillman. He’s just as honest, literal, and funny as he was in previous books. This time he’s navigating life as a dad to an 11 year old.

I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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Author 17 books37.4k followers
May 29, 2020
The best of the Rosie Series

I absolutely devoured this wonderful book. As someone with family members with ASD I found this a beautiful book. Easy to read on the surface, but so poignant and with a message that will make you cry ... I hope everyone reads this book.
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