The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

Albert: The sequel to The Rosie Project was quite disappointing. I found both Rosie and Don to be more irritating than endearing throughout the story. The story also moved slowly and the supporting characters were unmemorable enough that I had a hard time keeping track of them. While there were some comical scenes here and there, it was still an overall letdown from the first book. Rating: C+

Kevin: I guess it’s tough writing a story that’s realistic, yet also engaging and unique, especially as a sequel to a popular book. Unfortunately, The Rosie Effect supports this claim. Don’s (initially endearing, perhaps) behavior got old really quickly, and Rosie was very annoying in her rare appearances. A reviewer on Goodreads classified this as “dick-lit,” which I think is understandable. Finally, everything felt both contrived and generic, nothing was particularly funny or touching, and the ending did not resonate with me at all.

But the thing is, I don’t read a lot of romantic comedies, so I find even the most generic (and cheesy) plot lines to be engaging. And I finished it pretty easily, which is a good thing. Rating: B

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