The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. (2019).
(Don Tillman; #3)
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Don and Rosie are back in Australia after a decade in New York and they’re about to face their most important challenge. Their son, Hudson, is struggling at school because he’s socially awkward and not fitting in. Don has spent his whole life trying to fit in so who better to teach Hudson the skills he need? The Hudson Project will require the help of friends, force Don to decide how much to guide Hudson and raise questions about his own identity. Meanwhile there are multiple distractions: Don’s in trouble with his work, Rosie is having troubles at her work, Don’s continuing estrangement from his best friend Gene… and now opening the world’s best cocktail bar.
I’m going to start off by saying it’s definitely possible for you to read this novel as a standalone and still enjoy it, but I would highly recommend reading the previous novels first. I personally really enjoyed the first (The Rosie Project) but while I liked the second one (The Rosie Effect) it didn’t have the same level of appeal to me. However this third book was fantastic. Although it would have ruined the sequence of titles, it really should have been called ‘The Hudson Project’ as majority of the plotline relates to Hudson. Don is such an interesting lead character to follow; I really enjoyed his straight out approach and way of speaking, and felt for him when that would lead to awkward and cringy moments. Hudson was a great new character in this series with very similar traits to Don. Despite many humorous moments, this book actually covers quite a few serious topics including but not limited to autism, women/mother’s role in the workplace, domestic violence and bullying. This is a very thought-provoking and brilliant end to this trilogy and it’s a trilogy I’d highly recommend.