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The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

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hannahb1533's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Well friends I did it… I stepped out of contemporary romance for a moment.

The Guncle is sweet, funny, reflective, and just a fun read. The book does such a good job looking at grief and how it effects people differently and also how people overcome grief and start living again.

The book reads like a sitcom that I would just keep watching and I found Rowley’s writing to be fun and witty. Patrick is a layered character and his development throughout the book is nuanced and self-reflective. His interactions with the kids felt real and not cliche, his character is well developed and that personality shines through in his interactions with the kids. I was a bit worried the book would go a bit too much with the very stereotypical gay uncle/friend persona, but the balance is great and Patrick feels like his own character, not a caricature.

I definitely recommend this if you are in a reading slump or need a cleanser from your normal reading genre. Also I need this book to become a stage play and my only choice for Patrick is Andrew Rannells.

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