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Friday, 22 March 2019

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About The Rosie Result 

The phone call signalling an escalation in the Hudson Adjustment Problem came at 10:18 a.m. on a Friday morning . . .'

Meet Don Tillman, the genetics professor with a scientific approach to everything. But he's facing a set of human dilemmas tougher than the trickiest of equations.

Right now he is in professional hot water after a lecture goes viral; his wife of 4,380 days, Rosie, is about to lose the research job she loves; and - the most serious problem of all - their eleven-year-old son, Hudson, is struggling at school. He's a smart kid, but socially awkward-not fitting in.

Fortunately, Don's had a lifetime's experience of not fitting in. And he's going to share the solutions with Hudson. He'll need the help of old friends and new, lock horns with the education system, and face some big questions about himself. As well as opening the world's best cocktail bar.

Big-hearted, hilarious and exuberantly life-affirming, The Rosie Result is a story of overcoming life's obstacles with a little love and a lot of overthinking. 

My review of The Rosie Result 

The Rosie Result is the third book in the Rosie Project trilogy and I absolutely loved it. It's a book that shouts it's okay to be different, questions what is normal anyway? while being a thoroughly enjoyable read. 

I read this book through as a parent who has an autistic child, so a lot of the behaviours and social interactions that Hudson presented with were refreshing, in that I found myself nodding and saying, yep, I totally get that.  Hudson is an incredibly intelligent eleven year old boy who is socially awkward with very few friends who struggles at  school. His journey was written with so  much understanding and humour, but, the humour is at the expense of others, mainly the teachers who do not 'get' this little boy and who are too quick to label him autistic. The book raises issues of labelling, of diagnosis and I loved this. There are no right or wrong answers.

The real joy for me  though is that this book is so strikingly honest AND funny. Don is naturally funny and a man I would love to meet in real life. The way that he and Rosie interact  is a pure joy to read, and I just loved the way that they cared for and empowered Hudson. It's a breath of fresh air.

The story revolves around Hudson with Don having to face his own demons from his past, making him question his parenting style and what really is best for his son. It's a learning curve for both of them.

I loved The Rosie Result and felt sad in having to say goodbye to Don Tillman. Such a joy to read and so obviously written with love. Highly recommended.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

The Rosie Result is published by Penguin - Michael Joseph on 4th April.

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