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Book Review: The Guncle - Steven Rowley


Summary: “Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.” Via Goodreads


Review: Based on the title and cover I thought this was just going to be a cute gay romance! Yet somehow I ended up absolutely bawling like a baby. I guess that is what I get for judging a book by its cover and not reading the blurb whatsoever.

This was not a gay romance at all! This was about a man teaching his niece and nephew how to deal with grief and to teach them it is okay to be themselves. It was so so so so sad. It felt like it was tearing about my heart constantly. There were some really cute moments that helped stitch my heart back together, but then something would happen that would rip those stitches right back out. I could not believe just how sad this book was.

Yet I loved it. I loved it so much. I thought it was amazing. The writing was perfect. The characters were perfect. I loved Maisie and Grant. They were just so cute! And Patrick! Patrick was one of my favorite characters I have read in awhile. He was perfect. His lines were perfect. His way of dealing with the children were perfect. I just loved him so much. I loved this book!


Just be careful when you read it. Maybe don’t read it in public or with a full face of makeup on.

5/5 Stars


To check this book out at the library go here.

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