The Book Corner: The Rosie Project vs The Rosie Effect


The Rosie Project was one of my favourite books of last year. It had me crying with laughter and thrusting it into the hands of everyone I know with the simple words ‘you’ll love it’. So it’s no surprise that I was absolutely gagging to get my hands on the sequel, The Rosie Effect. Thankfully my sis was listening to me and on Christmas Day I found it under the Christmas tree and got reading it post Christmas. And after finishing The Rosie Effect, what do I think?

Well I was disappointed, to put it mildly. It just wasn’t that funny. And considering that’s what made the first book so good it’s a right royal shame. Don’t get me wrong it has some funny moments, but it’s not hilarious and there were definitely no tears due to laughing as I read it. As for the story it was all quite forced, it just didn’t seem to flow and it felt like the author was trying to squeeze the story out, rather than letting it flow like it had in The Rosie Project.

One of my favourite things about The Rosie Project were the characters of Rosie and Don, you couldn’t help but fall in love with them and their relationship just worked perfectly. It felt so genuine and right. But the Rosie and Don in The Rosie Effect weren’t like that. It was forced and they weren’t really very nice. They seemed like an entirely different pair of characters, which is such a shame as that’s why the first book worked so well. I really wish book two would have lived up to the promise shown in The Rosie Project. Don’t you hate it when the sequel doesn’t match up? Has that ever happened to you?

– Fi x