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5.0 out of 5 starsSo entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
My favorite of the Rosie books, and I loved The Rosie Project. This book was funny - some times laugh out loud funny, sometimes eye-rolling funny. It was also imbued with taut writing and warmth, charm, and love. It’s thought provoking discussion of autism was engaging without being heavy or preachy and delivered with care and grace. Only vegans and anti-vaxxers need be worried - on many fronts. Well done. Now I guess we need to wait for the movie. Jennifer Lawrence was all wrong for Rosie. How about Alia Shawkat?
4.0 out of 5 starsI had no idea this book would be this GOOD!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
Don, is a scientist with Aspergers and his relationship with Rosie is just wonderful. Especially considering where Don started out from, and all the hurdles he had to overcome. Seeing him now with his child, and still going strong with Rosie after 13 years made me love him even more. Personally, I love it when kids are part of a story. Even better if the kid is like Hudson, a mini Don, with all his complexities.
I’m not going to lie, I have a weakness for quirky characters.
And often that comes when characters who struggle with every day occurrences, social niceties, and an overall way of thinking differently in a world that isn’t very forgiving or tolerant.
The Rosie Result is all about Don trying to make Hudson’s life at school easier. The way he goes about is heart warming and so “Don”. Hudson, with eleven years has a mind of his own, and a very strong personality. And I loved how the author took the offerings and advice of a village to resolve it all.
Don’s problem solving as always made me grin and chuckle. He still struggles with some aspects but he has Rosie to guide him when unsure. I truly love their relationship. The outspokenness, openness, and honesty between them works wonders.
Also incredibly fascinating was the interaction between school and parents, all the small dramas and school politics, especially in regards to Autism. It was a bit eye-opening too if I’m honest. But I loved how united Don and Rosie were in all things Hudson. I could talk for hours about the way Don and Rosie made me smile whenever they played good cop and bad cop – at least their version of it.
I believe this might even be the BEST book in this series.
That’s actually pretty amazing – it’s rare that sequels surpass the first novel. But for me it’s all about the kids – they make books even better and actually bring out the best in many characters.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
The first big plus was that I didn’t spend the entire book wanting Rosie to...well...die. I found her insufferable in the first two books. The author managed to hit a nice stride with her character and put her where she belongs...as a SUPPORTING supporting character. I would’ve given this five stars but the first third of the book was so slow! There were also so many characters and plots that, while tied up in the end, were a bit confusing. And I came into the book having read the first two! Not to mention that Don wasn’t allowed to shine as much as I’d hoped. Otherwise, Don’s escapades-especially with the animals mating idea-had me laughing such I feared giving myself a hernia! Seriously. I laughed until I cried. I hope we’re not done with Don and the fam!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsCharmingly Funny Story That Takes On Some Big Issues
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019
This is the third in a trilogy that starts with The Rosie Project, continues with The Rosie Effect, and finishes with this one. It features brilliant but socially inept Don Tillman, his attempts to learn how to be “normal”, and his love for the level-headed Rosie. The books are very funny, with the humor often subtly coming from Don’s misunderstanding, or failure to understand, his interactions with “normal” people.
He’s such an appealing character, unfailingly honest, with intentions we can all envy. I think of Rosie as rough and tumble; she knows how to take on the world and make it pay attention. She sees him as he really is, and is willing to take that on, too.
Giving almost any plot details about this one would be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two. Issues of what autism is and our prejudices and misconceptions are skillfully handled. There’s an autistic activist who challenges “neurotypicals”, and our assumptions in a way that fits with the most recent developments I’m aware of.
It’s all improbable, but it’s also touching and filled with truth. The importance of love, of “muddling through”, of being open to help from friends and family, of asserting individuality and fighting for it, all play big roles in this one.
It’s a rare book that is so . . . positive in it outlook, while being willing to take on big issues. And funny. It’s charmingly funny. I wish Don and Rosie and the others were real. I wish they were here in our house right now. Five stars.
An absolutely fascinating and insightful trilogy into the much disputed field of the autism spectrum. As evidenced in this last book, it seems that early intervention (and a father who had experienced the same difficulties) gave the boy a great advantage in learning social skills and yet accepting who he was as a person. The mother provided a wonderful support and back-up to both males with her own intelligence and skills in dealing with their deficiencies. My only criticism is that there was some confusion as to autism's relationship (if any) to Asperger's syndrome, which displays similar symptoms. High intelligence seems to be a feature of both conditions (inevitably in the maths/science field) and perhaps more prevalent in boys than girls? As is ADHD. Future scientists may discover why.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 4, 2020
I loved the first two Rosie books. Funny and so engaging and delivering the difficulties of living with Don's condition with a deftness which made it accessible and enjoyable. This third instalment fails on both counts. As a reader Simsion hits you over the head with the hammer of autism so much that you barely have enough energy to carry on. Moreover it's just not funny. At all. I struggled on to the end but nothing changed. A huge disappointment.
5.0 out of 5 starsLaugh-out-loud funny and makes you think
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2020
A lovely and very funny conclusion to the trilogy, 'The Rosie Result' picks up the story of Don Tillman, Australian genetics professor. Don has been married to Rosie for thirteen years, and their son Hudson (born in the second book) is now eleven. The family has moved back to Australia, but Hudson is struggling to 'fit in' at school, raising all the same questions about autism that the readers have entertained about his father.
In this book, the question of 'is Don autistic' is addressed head on in a way that the others have not. It raises many good questions about autism and its diagnosis. Is it helpful to have a label for the condition? Should people with autism attempt to 'fit in' or embrace their own difference? Is it really possible to even 'diagnose' a condition like autism? As readers know, Don (and now also Hudson) has many characteristics associated with the autistic spectrum of behaviours, but also other qualities that don't fit the stereotypical perception of someone with the condition.
After a second book that didn't work as well as the first, the third is a real return to form. Addressing the question of autism head on feels like the right thing to have done, and I really enjoyed the way it made me think about the topic in a nuanced way. There are quite a few books now featuring characters 'on the spectrum' whereas this one makes you think more about whether it's helpful to characterise people in that way.
Don is a wonderful character - despite his not being 'neurotypical' he is a very caring person who wants to do right by everybody and will go out of his way to help others. He is surrounded by similarly interesting and likeable characters - it's one of those novels where you feel generally better about humanity, without being completely implausible. It's easy to read, compelling, and often laugh out loud funny.
It's a shame to know this is the last outing for Don and his family and friends, although it's a fitting ending and probably the right place to leave it. Hopefully Simison will go on to write something else equally good, although I think anyone would find it hard to create such a great set of characters and genuine comedy.
5.0 out of 5 starsExtremely funny and uplifting reading. I have recommended it to all my friends.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2021
I have not finished it yet but after reading half book and the two previous ones I can’t be happier with this purchase. The characters are likeable and easy to understand and relate to. Their little adventures are everyday life events surrounded by human behaviour and sparkles of warm/good feelings which will melt your heart and often make you laugh out loud. A relaxing book that can take you out of an stressful day and introduce you into a completely different world. I wish everyone could be as transparent, practical and happy as this smart and sweet scientist. 10 out of 10.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s hard to be a sequel to such a brilliant book - but this is pretty great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2020
Is it as good as the Rosie Project (the first book in the trilogy)? No. Was that always going to be a near-impossible task. Clearly. This book is still blooming brilliant. The humour mixed with the thought provoking topics and gorgeous portrayal of universal human emotion is still there. The story is still great. I loved it and recommend this trilogy to everyone I know.
It's some time since I read and enjoyed The Rosie Project. This final book in the series was the best. We caught up with the lives of Don and Rosie, seeing how they've developed and structured their lives together. There's a lot to take from it. We can learn about being different, from both sides. It offers empathy and entertainment. Thoroughly recommend the whole series.