A review by linesiunderline
The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

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


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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