This is a sequel to the justifiably popular and charming book The Rosie Project.
Like the previous book, this one is narrated by Don Tillman. In the sequel, this 41-year-old genetics professor from Melbourne, Australia is now working at New York’s Columbia University. Don has been married to Rosie Jarman for ten months when she announces she is pregnant.
Don is “wired differently than most people,” possibly having Asperger’s syndrome. He avers that he recognizes some of the symptoms in his own personality traits, but adds:
“. . . humans consistently over-recognise patterns and draw erroneous conclusions based on them. I had also, at various times, been labeled schizophrenic, bipolar, an OCD sufferer, and a typical Gemini.”
However, it is undoubted that empathy and human contact are somewhat problematic for Don, as are social skills [sic] like dishonesty and deceit. He also is not good with flexibility and dealing with disorganization. This new wrinkle in his life with Rosie throws him, and he freaks out.
He embarks on a campaign to get the situation under control by learning everything he can about pregnancy and parenthood, with sometimes hilarious repercussions. His total of six friends (not counting Rosie and his family members) all get involved, as well as a couple of new friends he adds to the group.
The situation comes to a head in a zany scene worthy of the Keystone Kops, and ends in a way satisfactory to all characters, not to mention, readers.
Evaluation: As with the last book, Don’s literal-mindedness makes many of his thoughts and actions very, very funny, but the reader isn’t laughing at this very lovable protagonist, but with him. The sequel does not have quite as good comedic pacing as the first book, although ironically, it would in fact make an even funnier movie than the first book.
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2014