Book Review : The Guncle by Steven Rowley

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Hi friend! Today, my book review is for The Guncle by Steven Rowley.

*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Below you will find the description of the book provided by the publisher, followed by my personal review and star rating. Thank you for taking the time to read!

The Guncle Description :

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. 

The Guncle – My Review :

This was such a lovely book to read. In the midst of grief, sometimes we have no other choice but to grow through it. Patrick is an endearing character. And he reluctantly agrees to take in his niece and nephew after their mom dies, and their dad heads to rehab.

Throughout the summer, all 3 of them learn to process their grief together…with a lot of fun thrown in.

Patrick has been hiding, but in the end he comes out of his shell, and starts to embrace the changes happening.

I loved reading this book, and would recommend it. I laughed, and cried. It was a delight.

4 Stars

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