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The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

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bookishnatalia's review

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emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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wordsmaderight_'s review

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emotional funny hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

 
this one's a roller-coaster of emotions. You go from laughing to crying to laughing again. Patrick's relationship with the kids is amazing and beautifully written, as well as the bits about dealing with grief and loss.

the pace was a little bit slow for me and sometimes parts of Patrick's speeches felt a bit forced and took me out of the book, but other than that, it really is a great, great book. I know I'll be thinking about this story for a long time. 

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girlonbooks's review

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funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 (five stars, as rated in Christmas trees in July or, really, whenever the heck you feel like it because grief is a trip and sometimes you just gotta do whatever makes you happy!)

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Um, so this book is adorable!!!
Following the death of their mother, Maisie and Grant are sent to Palm Springs to spend the summer with GUP (gay uncle Patrick) also known as the guncle. What ensues is about 300 pages of the cutest family bonding and good-natured debauchery imaginable. I LOVED how naturally this story broaches the topic of grief in all it's various forms. Paired with the difficulties of lifelong self discovery and the intricacy of being perceived as "different" in a world that is not always the kindest about that, this book is made of magic.

My only regret is that I didn't read this book next to a pool with a margarita in my hand. #januaryproblems

Content warnings for this book: death of a parent, death of a partner, natural disaster experience, medical stuff, hospitals, addiction and recovery

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