Simsion delivers a brave attempt at asking important questions without compromising his characters’ respective journeys, nor losing his trademark mix of humour and emotion ... In a welcome change of direction, Simsion makes autism the central theme of The Rosie Result ... because Simsion is a gifted plotter...those narratives interlink, bringing us on a fast-paced, enjoyable journey. Don has become a profoundly likeable protagonist, and it’s a joy to watch him grow ... Rosie is now a realistic, fully fledged character ... The resolution feels earned and genuinely heartwarming. It’s fascinating to see how the portrayal of Don and his family has evolved over the years, and while Simsion’s cast of characters will be missed, he is certainly ending on a high note.
...the social objective of The Rosie Result is clear from the outset: to dispel all-too-common misconceptions and prejudices about what it means to be 'on the spectrum' ... Simsion's goal is laudable, and this book thoughtfully addresses the advantages and disadvantages of formal diagnosis ... Simsion's message of inclusiveness and embracing differences is lovely. But while this final installment may well educate readers outside that circle, it's less likely to charm them. It plods along to its heartwarming climax, generally more earnest than amusing.
[Simsion] grants Professor Don Tillman the perfect send-off in the closing chapter of this hilarious and heartwarming series ... Simsion returns to comic form seamlessly ... newcomers should have no trouble following the action. A meditation on parenting in our times, an indictment of discrimination and a fond farewell to a one-of-a-kind character, The Rosie Result will make readers fall in love with the series all over again.
Reuniting with Don after all these years is like reconnecting with an old friend. He’s just as funny and just as charming as you remember, though him exploring the father-son relationship adds a new dimension to unpack ... if you devoured the first two books alongside millions of other readers, then expect to find The Rosie Result to be a fitting conclusion to a trilogy that explores the human condition in a uniquely nuanced way.
The Rosie Result is the heartwarming and humorous finale to the clever Don Tillman trilogy. I think readers will fall in love with our quirky but lovable hero Don all over again ... Even though the writing has to be somewhat clinical and meticulously detailed thanks to Don’s penchant for experiments/projects, I’m thankful that Simsion still included the emotions Don felt and his constant work at understanding them ... Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment.
This book has a much heavier focus on autism than the previous two ... It’s still very much a charmer, however, with everything coming to a proper close. A fitting end to this delightful trilogy that doesn’t pull punches.