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Book review: ‘The Rosie Effect’ continues quirky love story

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"THE ROSIE EFFECT," by Graeme Simsion, Simon and Schuster, $25, 415 pages (f)

Don Tillman has made some adjustments to his schedule in "The Rosie Project." Which, considering his history of approaching every situation in a very methodical way, is no small thing.

Tillman learned how to curb his most extreme compulsive tendencies when he met Rosie, and in Graeme Simsion's first book, "The Rosie Project," readers learn of their courtship and eventual marriage.

Now in Simsion's second book, "The Rosie Effect," Tillman has adjusted quite nicely to marriage. Even Rosie has gotten used to his mannerisms and schedules, with her own tweaks.

Tillman hasn't, however, accounted for any disruptions in his marriage, which is exactly what Simsion introduces when Rosie announces she is pregnant.

The couple now have to figure out how the baby fits into their lives, and throughout the book, the reader experiences Tillman's anxiety and his attempts to learn how to be a good father.

Rosie has her own apprehensions as well, which is a consideration Tillman neglects for the first part of the book.

Now he risks losing her to both of their fears.

"The Rosie Project" can be frustrating because of the main characters and their actions. Tillman's social disorder provides humor and comical situations throughout, especially with his education on how to increase his fathering skills. However, it can be difficult to relate to the couple's decisions concerning their relationship.

Simsion does a fabulous job creating a plotline that relies on very few characters. Tillman's old friend, the adulterous Gene, actually comes to live with the couple for a time — to Rosie's dismay. His presence contributes to some of the worst situations and best moments of the book.

Overall, "The Rosie Effect" keeps the endearing personality of Tillman as well as the confusion that accompanies his thought processes and actions, creating a delightful, analytical storyline.

"The Rosie Effect" contains swearing, references to sex and harmful substances.

If you go ...

What: Graeme Simsion book signing

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com, graemesimsion.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

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