Book Review: The Guncle



From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

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.

With the humor and heart we've come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times.

My Review

This is one of the best books I have read in 2021. It also is a great representation for the lgbtqia community. The Guncle is a heartwarming, fun, enjoyable read with loveable characters that will find a permanent place in your heart.

Maisie, and her brother, Grant find themselves in the care of their Uncle Patrick. Grant has a lisp and therefore Uncle Patrick becomes Guncle. Patrick is not the type of person that should supervise children but yet he is the perfect person to care for his niece and nephew. 

This is such a fun book that I could not stop reading. It is one that you don't want it to end. There were so many funny and sweet moments. The Guncle is a recommended read and one of my top five favorite of 2021 so far. 


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