Ah, Don Tillman. He is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. The author, Graeme Simsion, does a wonderful job at writing the perspective of someone with autism. His writing puts the reader in Don’s shoes and allows the reader to view the world through Don’s perspective. It’s seamless in that the reader can determine what is really happening in a scene, and compare it with Don’s interpretation.
The Rosie Result catches up with Don and Rosie who now have an eleven year old son, Hudson. The novel has a different tone than the prior two novels, as it covers important issues regarding identity, addressing mental health issues and growing up in a more accepting, diverse world. Don grew up without a diagnosis and has to determine if he should have his son formally diagnosed. He tries different methods in determining whether Hudson is on the spectrum but ultimately just wants his son to be happy. Don’s primary concern is Hudson having to go through the tough things that he experienced growing up, such as social isolation, loneliness and difficulty “fitting in”.
The Rosie Result is laugh-out-loud funny but also tender and heart-wrenching, giving all readers a fresh perspective on autism-spectrum disorder. I’m completely satisfied with the conclusion to this trilogy and I recommend the entire series to all readers.