The Rosie Result – by Graeme Simsion

28 03 2020

This is the final book in this ‘Rosie’ trilogy about Don Tillman.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Don is just a really likeable character (possibly moreso because the books are written in the first person from his perspective). By this book he and Rosie have been married for over a decade and have a 10 year old son, Hudson. Don has a lot of things he’s learned about social interaction, rules and patterns to keep an eye out for to understand things he might otherwise struggle with.

Early in the book there’s a suggestion from the school that Hudson may be autistic and that they should look into having him tested. Don is not keen on this, but the comment has also been made about him. He leaves his job to focus on Hudson, to try and achieve various targets (numbered, of course) to help him to fit in.

A lot of the book questions autism stereotypes, as well as educating neurotypicals in ways they can better help those with autism feel comfortable – one being checking if their preference is to be referred to as ‘autistic’ or ‘person with autism’! There’s definitely a message in the book about how we always think of ‘unable to feel empathy’ as a symptom of autism, but rarely do neurotypical people have much empathy for them – definitely a few challenges thrown in, which is helpful.

I’ve made this sound like a heavy book, it’s not. It’s funny, warm, and interesting! There’s also a whole plot with Don opening a bar given his interest and skill in cocktail making – it’s an easy read, just has a good message to share along with it.





The Rosie Effect – By Graeme Simsion

17 05 2015

It was so good to spend some more time in the world of Don Tillman after reading The Rosie Project last summer.

Don and Rosie are now married and living together in New York City. Don is still as socially awkward as ever, although he’s learnt a few things about what is cultural behaviour and so can sometimes see how he is meant to act. He’s even taken a slight break from the Standardised Meal System, but he hasn’t stopped introducing even the most insignificant of characters by their estimated age and BMI!

I hadn’t remembered a couple of the sub characters so it took me a while to get up to speed with what was going on, but it’s just so enjoyable hearing things from Don’s perspective as his life approaches a pretty major change.

Definitely a worthy sequel, and just as good as the original.

the rosie effect