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The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

12 reviews

jessaboohoo's review

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dark 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

4.0

Have some tissues handy.

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tacoshark's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

This was such a lovely, sweet book. It's sad, of course, because it's about loss and grief, but it's dealt with beautifully and realistically. The children are written very believably and aren't just caricatures. Patrick's own grief is very real and specific. It all sounds sad but ultimately it's a really lovely, funny, charming book and I enjoyed it a lot. 

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amibo's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted 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

4.5


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spaghettireads's review

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I didn't love the way Patrick talked to the kids, and expected them to know adult things. It didn't seem believable that he was that clueless about kids, and the joke seemed very repetitive already 45 pages in. There was also too much talk about body shaming, and ableist comments regarding one of the kid's lisp. Add in a few more jokes that seemed offensive and this didn't seem like something worth continuing.   

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annabeavo's review

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emotional funny hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.25


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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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beauty_andbooks's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing 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

4.0

Honestly this is the first book I've ever read that made me laugh out loud. As a niece of a Guncle, this warmed my heart and brought back so many personal memories of when I spent time as a nine year old with my Guncle in his home in Palm Springs. This was such a heartwarming book and I loved the resolution of the ending. The pop culture references were perfect and that just added another layer to this book!

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linesiunderline's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad 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

5.0

This one is a hug in book form. A heartwarming, sweet, funny and wise story that uplifted without treading into saccharine territory. While Patrick is in many ways a larger than life character, I was surprised to find this book has a gentle, even understated quality about it. The author doesn’t overdo anything - the laughs, the grief, the kids’ personalities... It’s all just right. It made me happy. I need my own copy because it’s a rare feel-good book that I can imagine rereading. Loved.

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bookswithmybulldog's review

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emotional hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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lorinew1's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted 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

4.0


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