The Guncle by Steven Rowley | G.P. Putnam’s Sons {Book Review}

{Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for my gifted copy}

The Guncle

The Guncle by Steven Rowley


Book Summary:

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, overwhelmed. 

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 acting 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.

Publication Date:

May 25th, 2021


Family Life Fiction / LGBTQ

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My Review:

The Guncle

So, this book is A GEM! It made me laugh, tear up, and want to read it again and again, and I am not a re-reader! It has emotion, heart and the relationships and characters are just a masterpiece.⁣

There’s loss and grief mixed with wit and sarcasm, and it all works so beautifully. I loved this one, and already know it will be on my list of favorite 2021 reads.  I alternated between listening and reading this one and it was also amazing on audio if you feel like going that route.

I recently discussed The Guncle over on my #bookstagram account, @genthebookworm, if you would like to join in on the conversation!

Thank you to G. P. Putnam’s Sons for my gifted copy. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.