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The Rosie Result

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Well, I liked it better than the second book in the series. But maybe I am over the novelty of Don Tillman's brand of uniqueness. Whether he is or is not on the spectrum, his view of life was refreshing at first but became somewhat redundant. Now, raising their son, he and Rosie face new challenges but don't seem to change their approach. I did really enjoy the whole "takes a village" helping Hudson not repeat the mistakes of his father like everyone assumed he would. However, it did bother me a bit that they were trying to change and mold him instead of letting Hudson be who he naturally wanted to be.
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Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I approached this instalment of the Don Tillman series with some caution. I had thoroughly enjoyed The Rosie Project but The Rosie Effect turned me off the series. I'm happy to say that this book brought back much of the love for Don and his atypical approach to problem solving. 

Underlying the story of Don, Rosie and Hudson is the dialogue about how we treat others who see the world differently than neurotypicals do. It was an interesting examination of how the world expects conformity.

Happy I took the chance on this series again.
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Much as I have loved each book in this series, I think this is the most mature and important one of all.  Donald and Rosie's son Hudson is acting out at elementary school or is he?  Is he just different or is he autistic?  THey've moved from NYC back to Melbourne, which has both positives (family) and negatives (Don's job at the university).  They decide that Don will help Hudson learn to do all the things he wished he had been able to do when he was Hudson's age- starting with riding a bike and moving on to so many other things.  The characters are terrific- not only this little family- but also Rosie's dad Phil, Donald's dad, Eugenie, Blanche, Minh,  Tazza, Gene, and so on.  There's a lot to learn here about autism and a lot to think about, especially for those of us who are neurotypical.  It's funny, sad, instructive, and interesting.  Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books- this is just fine as a standalone.  And, I want one of those cocktails!  Thanks to the publisher for the ARC- a wonderful read.
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I had observed that neurotypicals criticized autistic people for lacking empathy--towards them--but seldom made any effort to improve their own empathy towards autistic people.

I agreed with that quote. It resonated. Nothing else in this book did. 

I loved The Rosie Project. It contained a plot, lovable characters, and was heartwarming in a way that was absent in the two sequels. The Rosie Effect, in comparison, was terribly lacking... it was cheesy, completely missing a plot, and the previously lovable characters became bitter caricatures of themselves. Unfortunately, The Rosie Result, which dealt with Don and Rosie's son, Hudson, was the worst of the lot. Wash, rinse, repeat--Hudson screwed up at school, the principal called, Rosie fought her boss to get off work, Don made "funny" quips, the school staff made insane remarks about autism, Hudson learned a lesson, and Don felt better about his parenting. That's literally the entire book...almost 400 pages of utter boredom. It was tedious and took me forever to slog through.

Oh, but wait! There is another section...the one where Graeme Simsion decided he couldn't write a book about autism without disregarding, disrespecting, and portraying parents who utilize alternative medicine as stupid, angry, and abusive. It's kind of ironic, no? The Rosie books have always been about acceptance and empathy, yet this author apparently had none for the parents of vaccine injured children. As a fervent reader, and the mother of a 17 year old son with autism, I took issue with the message this novel sent to its readers. I'm more than a little disgusted by the bias. 

And don't even get me started on the characters deciding they have autism because they took an on-line quiz. I mean, I was told I'm a banana during one of those quizzes, but I recognized that on-line quizzes aren't always accurate or believable. It took almost a year to get my son's diagnosis, and that was after a multitude of tests, exams, and interviews. There is no legitimacy in "identifying as autistic" without the proper testing. Are we all Jerry Seinfeld now?

Suffice it to say, I won't be reading anymore Simsion novels, and I refuse to recommend this book to anyone. Stick to the first novel in the series...it's the only one worth reading. 

**Thanks go to NetGalley, Text Publishing, and Graeme Simsion for the ARC. My clearly unpopular views are my own.
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While I initially enjoyed this storyline and it’s characters, I have found it to grow a bit unbelievable, kind of tedious even. This is an a bad read, it almost should be a standalone possibly… Thanks for the opportunity to read this though
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Professor Don Tillman faces his most complicated problem yet: helping his eleven-year-old son fit in at school.  What’s behind the trouble?  With his typical charming manner, Don comes up with a plan.
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Having really enjoyed the first and second book in this series, I was eager to read this one.  When reading subsequent books in a series that I liked in the past, sometimes I approach with a certain amount of trepidation, because they don’t always live up to the promise of the earlier ones.  But this one far surpassed my expectations, and I think might be my favourite in the trilogy. 

For those who may not have read the first two books in the series, the main characters in the book are Don Tillman, his wife Rosie and their son Hudson.  Don is not neurotypical, which is what provides much of the charm of the novel, because he looks at things slightly differently and analyzes things in a unique way. 

In this book, Don faces problems at work, and his son Hudson faces problems at school, both because they aren’t neurotypical.  This book isn’t exactly all about autism or Asperger’s, but it does influence what takes place.  The book raises questions such as:
Should you say that a person is autistic or that they have autism? 
If you suspect that you may have autism, should you seek a medical diagnosis and treatment, or does that put you in a box and limit you?  
What is typical behaviour anyway and is it always optimal?

This book is funny and charming and touching.  You really should read it - and the first two as well!
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I genuinely.can't believe that is has been four and a half years since I read the second book in this fun series! While I do enjoy re-reading previous books in a series to optimize my enjoyment of the latest book in the series, I. actually recall the first two books in this Rosie series about Don Tillman quite well, and I am hopeful that Simsion will include any pertinent reminders regarding details from the previous books!

And my hope wasn't in vain! There are enough reminders here about previous plot points that I really wouldn't recommend starting this series here, though this book does have its own self-contained plot. It opens a decade after the events covered in The Rose Effect. And though Rosie still has titular honors here, the real focus is their eleven year old sun, Hudson. Hudson acts in some ways like his father and as he starts a new school in Melbourne (the family has returned to Australia), Hudson's behavior beings to cause some trouble with the school. Don's resistance to a diagnosis on the autism spectrum has carried over to Hudson as well - and a diagnosis is being requested by the school. 

The book touches on heavy topics other than autism - like vaccinations, domestic violence. This lack of levity combined with a focus more on school and society than the Tillman family means that it just isn't as charming of a read as the first two books. What I found to be downright troubling was equating autism with sexual preference here. The ending message is basically that anyone can identify as having autism without a diagnosis. This, I think, may be downright insulting to some readers, I am sure. 

Honestly, I had high hopes for this one - an unexpected addition to a series that I had genuinely enjoyed. And I really didn't care for it. I finished it, but the characters themselves haven't grown much. The underlying message is offensive. Where the first two books had some genuinely funny and heartfelt moments, this one never so much as made me smile while reading. It's an easy and quick read, but certainly isn't the conclusion that I had hoped for. Plus, the suggestion here is that all the male members of the Tillman family have autism, which frankly sounds more like Fragile X Syndrome - something that you would think a geneticist like Tillman would at the very least mention...
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It’s eleven years after the second book and Don and Rosie have moved to Melbourne where Don takes a position at the University and Rosie has her dream job leading a research project. Hudson is 11 and doesn’t seem to be fitting very well in school. In fact, he has a lot of traits that his father had. While the book is funny, as we have come to expect, there are some serious issues talked about. Don and Rosie are as delightful as ever. But, I have to say, as much as I loved this one, I don’t think I would have read a fourth novel. 
Thanks to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review
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Rating: 4.5 Stars

I adored seeing Don find love in The Rosie Project, watching him grow into his role as a husband in The Rosie Effect, and now, I am grateful I had the opportunity to witness his journey as a father in the final book of the series, The Rosie Result. 

Simsion did so many wonderful things in this final book. First and foremost, he brought the Tillman family back to where it all began - Australia. This was where the conflict was born. Hudson, Don's son, was not a big fan of change, and now, after 11 years in the States, his life was being uprooted. Both Don and his son encountered some problems at their respective schools, which prompted Don to take a leave and become the primary caregiver for Hudson, and thus, the Hudson Project began. 

Don's main motivation for beginning this "project" was the school's insistence that his son was autistic. This made Don worry, that his son would suffer the same way he had, because he was "different". I totally felt his stress, his shame, and his concern for his son, and empathized with his worry as a parent. Simison did a fantastic job navigating Don's emotions as well as the impact all of this was having on him. He illustrated all of this via honest discussion with Don's wife, Rosie, as well as flashbacks to Don's own painful school years. 

Simsion also put autism front and center for the first time in this series. He challenged many of the stereotypes and false claims made about those on the spectrum, and presented many different ideas about ASD. All these ideas were organically woven into the story, and at no point did it feel preachy or like an info dump. 

There was also a nice round up of all the characters we had met along the way, and I loved that they all played a role in this important stage of Don's life, because they were vital supporters for him all along. Mostly, though, it was really wonderful to see Don make this journey and continue to grow. 

Overall: A wonderful ending to a series I adored, which was filled with friendship, love, forgiveness, understanding, emotion, and humor.
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After 'The Rosie Project,' a laugh out loud, heart felt and endearing first novel, the author has, once again, produced an educational, funny and charming third novel in the series, 'The Rosie Result."   This book jumps into the future where Rosie and her quirky but brilliant husband, Don, have an eleven year old son, Hudson.

Not unlike Don earlier in life, Hudson has trouble adjusting to change and structure. This book begins as Hudson is withdrawn from his school in New York and whisked back to Australia where both Don and Rosie have accepted academic positions.    Hudson flounders as he attempts to adjust to "everything new," and Don and Rosie try to help him navigate the upheaval.  

The return to Australia helps Don confront some familial issues long neglected but much of the book is about Hudson and his attempts to find his way.  Although Don and Rosie may not be new to most readers, Hudson brings new challenges and circumstances, some troubling but many very funny and all endearing.  For Rosie fans, this book will not disappoint.
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Oh, my goodness, what can I say about this book? I loved it so very much! I was ecstatic to be back in the world of Don and Rosie, and was overjoyed to be a part of their son's life as well. This is a topic that is so close to many people's hearts, and even though I do not have a child on the spectrum, this tugs at my heart too. Seeing Don and Rosie with their son as they navigate through parenting and parenting a child who may be a little different than others was inspiring. There is great humor throughout, and makes you so happy that you continued with the story. I want to read more from this author, and read more about these characters. Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the gracious opportunity to read about my favorite characters in exchange for an honest review. You have got to read this, you will not be disappointed.
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Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.And opening a cocktail bar.- GoodreadsIt has been some time since I completed a series. I am one of those readers that avoid reading the last book of a great series because I don't want it to end. The reason I decided to read this is simple. It was an ARC lol and I wanted to read it, soak it in and share my thoughts.I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Graeme has a way of opening your eyes to people you would have never given a second thought to. Or to people that you're like huh . . . I wonder what they are about but you never talk to them. This series isn't overly complicated in setting or even characters. It is simple but with an explosion of emotions and thought.This particular book, the last one to the series, goes through several topics including parenthood, platonic and intimate relationships, race (just briefly) and happiness. What stuck out to me was something that Don and myself almost missed.Sometimes you get caught up in saving others that you forget what is most important. Yes, your true priority will always be in your mind but there can be several different reasoning for what you are currently doing that will distract you from it. When this clicked in my head, when it clicked in Don's head, I knew instantly what Graeme was doing with this book and I was all for it.Was this read slow? Yes, it was. Was it, sometimes, painfully detailed? Yes. However, Don has always been that character to provide more information or think more deeply than others and it only made sense that he stayed this way. I was so glad to see that after getting married, raising a child that Don and Rosie did not change who they were but made it fit for each other because they loved each other and the life that they built.However, as much as I think this book was a solid read. Something was missing. Like the two previous books, this focuses on Don and how he navigates life and the people that are in it. But the interactions with his son and Rosie did not feel genuine in a way. There wasn't enough Rosie in the book. There wasn't enough care on their relationship and this was huge for me as she is the cause for the entire series. Yes, it focuses on their son but there were very specific topics that included her and yet she wasn't present. I wanted more Rosie. Overall, solid book, great series that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to step out the box a bit. 3 Pickles
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This is the third book of the Don Tillman series and I have enjoyed them all - but the first and the third are the best.  In this one Don and Rosie are living in Australia with their son, Hudson. Hudson is having some trouble at school and the school is pushing Don and Rosie to be have him tested for autism.  Also Don had some trouble at work - referred to as "the Genetics Lecture Outrage" - so he opens a bar.  Rosie is embroiled in her own problems at work

There were many times the book made me laugh, but it also made me think about how people are treated when they are different and don't fit the perceived social norm. There were some hot-topic subjects brought up in the book that Graeme Simsion dealt with very masterfully - well done!
Don and Rosie are charming, quirky, lovable characters and I enjoyed spending time in their world.

Thanks to Graeme Simsion and Text Publishing through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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It’s always a joy to read about Don and his wife Rosie. They have just moved back to Australia with their son, who may have autism. Read along as they navigate how to support him and what it means to assign a label to a person.
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Did not finish. I enjoyed the first book. Didn't enjoy the second as much, and gave up on this one. As another reviewer commented, it felt like reading a text book on autism. It was pseudo-intellectual and/or over my head. I didn't have the patience to continue.
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4.5 stars

This is a classic Don Tillman story that quickly reminded me why I loved the previous two books. I do wish I had read the previous two of the series more recently but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

This book is a great reminder that we shouldn't pigeonhole people. We shouldn't label people. 

Don and Rosie are navigating life with their now eleven year old son, Hudson. As with any child at this point in their life, Hudson is struggling to fit in, make friends, and behave in a more socially appropriate manner.
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I had a hard time getting into this book - which was so odd because i absolutely LOVED the first two.. I'm actually heartbroken that I didn't love it like the others....
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I was able to to read this book thanks to NetGalley. I loved the first two in the series and likewise this one did not disappoint. I love Don and his crazy world and he always makes me laugh.. and think. This book I could especially relate to as a mom of a young child with autism. I could really identify with Don and Rosie and I highly appreciate the way it was handled in this case. I highly recommend and cannot for more Don and Rosie. Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one.
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In the third and unfortunately final book in the Rosie series, Don and Rosie are now working on "The Hudson Project". Their 11 year old son Hudson is having trouble in school, has no friends and is exhibiting the same traits/quirks that Don had as a child and continues to experience as an adult. 
Don decides to undertake The Hudson Project with the same fervour he worked on The Rosie Project because he's the world's best problem solver. They decide to move back to Australia after living in New York for 10 years making some significant changes to their lives.  Along the way everyone including old friends from the previous two novels and new friends introduced in this one come to some important realizations about themselves. The best realization though is Don finally coming to terms with who he is. 
I think one of the best lines in the book is one in which a mother is thinking about the treatment her autistic son is receiving and she asks "I keep thinking, really, how bad was he before we started treating him?"                
Humourous yet insightful look into the lives of people who are different, but the question always remains...are we really all that different or do we just look at things from a different perspective?

Excellent book and I will continue to seek out books by Graeme Simsion.
Thank you to NetGalley and Text Publishing Company for the ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. 
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