Hello, friends! Many apologies for my missing post last week – I was out of the country visiting family, and didn’t bring my laptop. Anyways, while I was at the airport, I picked up a hardcover copy of The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. For those who don’t know, this is the third book in the Don Tillman trilogy, which began with The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. I personally have loved this series, and as soon as I spotted this book at the store, I knew I had to purchase it!
After 10 years in New York, Don and Rosie decide to move back to Melbourne, so that Rosie can pursue her dream job. Unfortunately, their eleven year old son, Hudson, is having trouble fitting in, Don is close to being fired after a disastrous presentation involving genetics and race, and Rosie’s supervisor is both sexist and condescending. Will Don be able to navigate this new phase of his life, including learning how to be a good parent?
I thought this was a brilliant ending to the trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed both old and new characters. For those who don’t know, Don has autism (is autistic, has Asperger’s, whatever you want to call it), and so these books, although romantic comedies, are also unique in narration and difficulties that the characters must overcome. Things like learning how to properly greet someone and how to tone down passions are suddenly of vital importance, especially as Don tries to teach his son how to make friends and excel in school.
This book is very modern, mentioning The Martian (one of my favourite books actually), the present day debates over vaccinations, and, of course, the issues of whether an individual with autism should be made to ‘fit in’, or if society has a responsibility to accept them as they are. I enjoyed the tie-ins to both Don’s relationship to his father, as well as the lessons about forgiveness that both he and Hudson learn.