A Short Rant About The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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I interrupt my holidays to bring you this! Be warned!

Were you happy with the way The Rosie Project ended? Then you should skip The Rosie Effect. I would prefer to imagine Don and Rosie living happily in New York than whatever is happening here.

Don and Rosie are happy in New York for some time…then… Rosie gets pregnant. And BABIES RUIN EVERYTHING! as anyone who remembers Mad About You will attest. (Wasn’t the finale awful?) Don takes on this new fatherhood project the Don way. Rosie turns into a giant asshole.

Here’s my problem with Rosie. She knows Don. She is “the only person who understands” Don, supposedly. She knows he doesn’t do subtle hints. If she wanted something from him, she should have known to tell him what she needs. Instead, she turns into a passive aggressive jerk. I was done with Rosie when while at dinner with a friend, she talks about her future plans right in front of Don without having told him first. Like he wasn’t even sitting there. I actually hated her by the end. Don’s friends and acquaintances understand him better than Rosie in this book.

Rosie doesn’t grow as a character. She’s two dimensional. She’s a blurry shadow on the edge of the reader’s vision. The male characters try to explain her bad behaviour as a symptom of pregnancy. Just the womens being cray! But if this was real life, her way of dealing with issues would create a doomed marriage. This will just the beginning of their troubles. The ending maybe “happy” but I was left feeling depressed.

The Rosie Project was a romantic story that ended in two people falling in love and it should have stopped there. So, I’m going to pretend that The Rosie Effect never happened. Lalalalala. It never happened, okay!

11 comments:

  1. hhmmm... been looking forward to the sequel as most fans of The Rosie Project. Will keep this in mind. Hope the rant helped you get over it!

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    1. It did! Sometimes you just have to let it out.

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  2. Oh no! The Rosie Effect just came today. :(

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    1. There are a number of 5 star reviews on goodreads so some people are liking it.

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  3. Whelp, I know not to read The Rosie Effect now! Rosie was always a super bitch, though, let's face it.

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    1. Yeah, she really was. She was tolerable then. Not even a little in this one.

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  4. It's funny, I liked the Rosie Project and all, but once I knew there was a sequel, I was not really interested. I liked everyone the first time, but not enough to want to read more. I feel justified now, thanks for taking one for the team!

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    1. You're welcome! I would say skip it and live in a sequelless world.

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  5. Oh damn. Will probably not read now.

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  6. Sing it, sister! I give anyone who finished it credit because they did better than I did. I don't think I even made it 50 pages before I couldn't handle it anymore. A character should not stress me out as much as Don did. As for Rosie? She just seemed clueless in the portion I read. Oblivious to Don. This was one book that required no sequel.

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  7. I just wrote you that I quit it but it was the first one I quit. I guess I didn't like it so much that I couldn't even get the name right!

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