The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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A hilarious and swashbuckling teen historical fiction novel, named one of summer's 20 must-read books by Entertainment Weekly! A New York Times bestseller!

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee--Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty's reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

5 starred reviews and #1 pick on the summer 2017 Kids' Indie Next List!

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062382801
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Characteristics: 513 pages : map ; 22 cm

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VaughanPLAlyssia Sep 11, 2017

There’s only one word to describe this book: A-DOR-A-BLE. The concept is great; I think everyone who learns about the European Grand Tour tradition falls in love with it, and it’s a concept RIPE for hijinks (why don’t more people write about it??). At heart this is an adventure story, and there’s... Read More »


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KateHillier Nov 23, 2017

I've really needed something lighthearted and fun recently and this really fit the bill. There are moments of gravity and serious themes here but it was a blast to read.

18 year old Henry Montague loves drinking, partying, fornicating (with both men and women). In a last ditch attempt to get some of these hobbies out of his system (especially his marked preference for male company despite his doting on the fairer sex) he is sent on his Grand Tour with his sister, Felicity, and best friend, Percy. Percy whom he may have a deep crush on.

Henry is hoping to party and have fun with Percy before he attempts to get his act together and go be lord of the estate on pain of banishment from the family. What he gets is adventure, debauchery, romance, pirates, near death situations, and a host of other encounters that make Henry realise both his priorities and his value.

The characters are awesome. The prose is snappy and engaging - the dialogue is sparkling - and the hits keep on coming. The pages fly by and I deeply wish for more from these characters - and I hear that that is a thing!

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good time.

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BogartBlue23
Nov 10, 2017

An informative yet entertaining depiction of a tour with a diverse cast and eerie magic. Recommended to fans of historical fiction. LGBTQIA+ friendly.

AL_SUSANW Nov 07, 2017

One trend in YA lit is historical fiction and the "Gentleman's Guide" fits the bill set in the 18th century but with a twist. The main character, Monty, is bi sexual but mostly gay, crushing on long time family friend Percy. When to two embark on a World Tour, a last fling before their adult responsibilities are forced upon them, you can be sure it will be an epic journey.Yet another YA book that transcends the genre "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" is a real winner!

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Inner_Typewriter
Oct 26, 2017

I loved this novel. The Gentleman's Guide is a rollicking page turner I couldn't put down. The road trip across Europe is full of great characters and lots of laughs. I sure hope Monty, Percy, and Felicity live happily ever after. (Highest rating).

AL_TIEGAN Oct 10, 2017

The characters in this novel are absolutely wonderful! Monty is fantastically flawed, Percy is steadfastly loyal, and Felicity is defiantly medically inclined. The trio goes out to Tour the Continent before having to settle into the different roles in their lives, but things go horribly wrong, as they tend to do around Monty. Rather than taking the full Tour as scheduled, full of art and symphonies and hob-nobbing, the trio is thrown off course after an encounter with highwaymen looking for a box Monty stole from the Duke of Bourbon. This leads them on a trail to encounter an apothecary, an alchemist, a secretive brother and sister, pirates, and a sinking tomb. A great tale of daring adventure, intrigue, love, and family.

AL_JENNY Oct 05, 2017

I adored this book. It was an absolute hoot! Romance, adventure, and lots of laughs!

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lostintheshelves
Oct 02, 2017

This is a pleasant, fun, fast YA read about a flawed young nobleman who learns some badly-needed lessons about his own power and privilege that easily apply to life today, and I applaud it having a bisexual man as protagonist. That said, I was distracted by how much Monty, the main character, felt less like an eighteenth-century nobleman or even an actual man, but like the kind of queer man a female writer produces for female readers--in other words, a slash trope. I also found the story bogged down in Barcelona and that the mix of medical and historic accuracy with supernatural elements didn't quite work (and I say this as someone who usually loves historical fantasy). A lot of young people and slash fans will love this novel, but as an avid adult YA reader, I found it works less for an adult audience.

VaughanPLAlyssia Sep 11, 2017

There’s only one word to describe this book: A-DOR-A-BLE. The concept is great; I think everyone who learns about the European Grand Tour tradition falls in love with it, and it’s a concept RIPE for hijinks (why don’t more people write about it??). At heart this is an adventure story, and there’s never a dull moment. The writing is clever and vibrant, and Monty has one of the most fun voices I’ve read in YA. He’s a jerk with terrible impulse control, but he’s somehow still so lovable, which is a credit to the author. The characters are all well-drawn and believable, and their chemistry with each other is perfect, especially Monty and Felicity’s sibling relationship. Also kudos for the representation of mixed-race people in high society at the time! This is a subject that few people know about or write about, so I hope it sparks some curiosity in readers. There’s also a little more smuttiness than I anticipated (not a complaint!), so if that’s your thing, you’re in luck.

I deducted half a star because I think Percy was a little too obviously in love with Monty—it strained credulity that Monty wouldn’t pick up on it. Their romantic tension dragged on a liiitttllee too long, but it did pay off.

Fans of this book should read up on Lord Byron, a real-life 19th century poet/scoundrel who could give Monty a run for his money!

lindsay_r Aug 21, 2017

This is by far the most fun book I have read in a good long while. Look no further for romance, ridiculous adventures, and large amounts of sass. See also: 18th century Europe, pirates, and very poor decisions.

TSCPL_LissaS Aug 15, 2017

The most beautiful part of being in a community of readers is when someone knows you well enough to message a book title and says "I read about this book and thought you would love it."

I LOVED IT.

All the other description and reviews will help you decide if this is a perfect book for you. But if you are on the fence about trying this book and enjoy regency era romances, teen romances, gay romances, well developed characters, funny dialogue, meaningful glances between people, ALL of the subtext, and also both planned and very unexpected adventures - then I highly recommend it.

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