Review: The Guncle by Steven Rowley!



Goodreads Blurb

“From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

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.

With the humor and heart we’ve come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times.”


My Review

I can’t remember where I saw this but I remember I couldn’t wait to jump in. It finally became available at the library and it was the perfect timing. It is my first book by this author but it will not be the last.

I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately and really need a break. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was sweet, funny, heart-wrenching, and heartwarming.

The fact that an uncle has to take care of his niece and nephew because of a death and rehab, is rough. Patrick is kind of stuck and in limbo. He’s sure that he will not take the kids but of course, changes his mind. He was so funny. I remember laughing a lot throughout this book. There are some times that it felt like he was trying too hard to crack a joke though. Anyways, as we continue, we learn about his grief from the past and present. He’s trying to help the children with their grief and ends up helping himself too. It’s such a beautiful character arch that really was touching.

Patrick, Grand, and Maisie were just delightful together. They ended up having such a beautiful relationship. Patrick learned so much from them and it’s amazing how kids can have such huge impacts. The rules that he comes up with are hilarious but actually very applicable to life.

This book was so much more than I thought it would be. I figured it would be just a fun story but we get so much deeper. There are a lot of different struggles that Patrick has to face and it was done very well. I loved all the characters so much. Even his uptight sister, Clara. Haha. I think that JED, his neighbors, were some of my favorites though.

I really enjoyed this book and really loved the laugh-out-loud moments! I do wish the ending would have been a bit more fleshed out and not wrapped up so quickly. I needed to know what happened to his agent, haha! She was awesome and can we get a spin-off?? If you are looking for a heartwarming, wholesome story that will make you laugh, pick this up!

3 thoughts on “Review: The Guncle by Steven Rowley!

    • Thank you! This was my first by him but I saw another blogger rave about it a few months ago. It was really good but a lot deeper than I thought it would be. I hope that you do like it if/when you get to it. 🙂

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