'The Rosie Result' is the final instalment in The Rosie Novels trilogy providing another delightful dose of light-hearted entertainment featuring the much-loved characters Rosie and Don. This novel has a more grown up narrative tackling the spectrum of autism in childhood and fitting into society. However it remains optimistic and an upbeat pick for book clubs.
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THE ROSIE RESULT
BY GRAEME SIMSION
This is the third instalment in The Rosie Novels trilogy providing another delightful dose of light-hearted entertainment featuring the much-loved characters Rosie and Don. Whilst it’s not necessary to have read the other two books in the series we would definitely recommend you don’t miss out on ‘The Rosie Project’ which is a wonderful heart-warming Rom-Com that has been a worldwide bestseller.
In ‘The Rosie Result’ Don and Rosie have returned to Melbourne from New York with their son Hudson, now eleven. The genetics professor who we know is socially awkward and ‘different’, finds himself in hot water after a lecture on race goes horribly wrong and then viral. Meanwhile Rosie his wife is about to lose her research job and their son is suffering at school with his own awkwardness. Don decides to step up his parenting responsibilities and allow Rosie to fulfil her career ambitions whilst he tries to tackle ‘The Hudson Problem’ as well as opening ‘the world’s best cocktail bar’.
Don enlists his friends to help Hudson learn some practical life-skills, identifying ones that bothered him as a teenager, so his son can learn to fit in as well as helping with the launch of the new bar. Don oversees Hudson's new friendships and becomes entangled in family issues within these groups, challenging his own role as a parent. Meanwhile, Don doesn’t want Hudson to be assessed at school and finds himself locking horns with the educational system, with Rosie’s support.
Unlike the other novels, autism is a central theme and whilst 'The Rosie Result' has a more grown up narrative compared to the hilarious laugh out loud romance of ‘The Rosie Project’, the novel remains optimistic. Some readers in the Den wanted more humour and hilarity whilst others simply enjoyed the reunion with Simsion’s lively cast. An upbeat pick for book clubs.
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