The Rosie Effect...A review.
A funny thing happened recently. I started to tweet some lines from books I was reading, simply because I like to encourage good reading. A couple months ago, I tweeted a line from The Rosie Project. The lovely people at Simon and Schuster saw it and sent me a message asking if I wanted to read the sequel, due to the American public in January 2015. Um, YES.
So they sent me an Advanced Reader's copy and it was just about the best thing that's ever happened to me. Way to make the people happy S&S - very impressive.
Anyway, the book. I loved it in the exact same way I loved the first one. It takes something very serious, like potential undiagnosed Autism, and navigates life through that lens in a surprisingly humorous way. Graeme Simsion has the ability to infuse laughter into his character's lives, while respecting the serious and sad aspects of their situations.
The storyline is creative and keeps a good beat. Simsion develops his characters in a way that gives them all personality without using any cliches. I wanted to hug all them all in the closing chapters. I sincerely hope that I get to read more about Don, Rosie and Bud.
Who is this book for?
Your professor: Yes.
Friends: Yes. Especially ones who loved the Amelia Bedelia books growing up.
High schoolers: Probably not. If you're an evolved parent, then yes.
You: As long as you don't mind the occasional four-letter word...
What does this book say?
I was happy in the way that I would be happy if the captain of an aircraft in which I was traveling had announced that he had succeeded in restarting on engine after both had failed. Pleased that I would now probably survive, but shocked that the situation had arisen in the first place, and expecting a thorough investigation into the circumstances.
Correct. Humans should be permanently under development.