The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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A Kirkus Prize nominee and Stonewall Honor winner with 5 starred reviews! A New York Times bestseller!

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public Library!

"The queer teen historical you didn't know was missing from your life."--Teen Vogue

"A stunning powerhouse of a story."--School Library Journal

"A gleeful romp through history."--ALA Booklist

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.

Don't miss Felicity's adventures in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, the highly anticipated sequel!

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062382801
0062382802
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Characteristics: 513 pages : map

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PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 03, 2018

I hate to use the "this is like if this met that" when publishers are trying to sell a book, but I do have to say that this felt like a cross of any adventure novel, a great YA love story and Good Will Hunting. And I mean that in the best way possible. We start off with Monty, his sister Felicity, and his best friend Percy heading off for Monty's year of European touring, even though he's been kicked out of school. Monty is a good time boy who loves a drink or ten, and finding the closest bedroom with whichever girl or boy catches his eye. While he is definitely selfish, he certainly seems like fun, and when their plans go south during an interrupted tryst in Versaille, it seems like we're off to a fine adventure, and a sweet romance, but that's where Lee throws us a curve ball.

Suddenly this novel is less about adventure and love and more about what's going on under Monty's playboy exterior. Yes, he learns some lessons along the way about privilege both of race and sex, and yes, the pace never lets up as the trio try to stay ahead of the bad guys, but more and more it becomes about what Monty is hiding from and what he will have to face to finally be happy. Our trio are each fleshed out nicely, or as nicely as can be possible when Monty is the narrator. The plot is fun and inventive. The writing is clever, and kept me engaged. I loved how Lee slowly revealed more about Monty in a natural way instead of what could have been an information dump at the beginning. I can't wait for the next one in the series!

ArapahoeAndrea Jul 25, 2018

I loved it so much I read it twice! I'm looking forward to the sequel.

I'm always on the lookout for great books that feature non heterosexual characters in stories that are not entirely about their sexuality. A Gentleman's guide it the bill with great adventure, romance and a coming of age story wrapped up all in one book.

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jen_mcK
Jul 18, 2018

I adored this book! A wonderful journey with a mystery embedded within of a friendship and a character who seeks to grow and understand a confusing world around him.

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selenium_dove_3
Jun 14, 2018

I loved this book! Light-hearted, intriguing prose brings to light this amusing, touching, and fun novel, and the love story of Monty and Percy truly is inspiring. Looking forward to this author's next novel! All five stars! Read now!

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

What an enjoyable read!

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moviefan01
May 29, 2018

In some ways, this LBGT YA novel felt like a light-hearted romp, what with the European "grand tour" that it focuses on. But the main character's father is a real piece of work--he'd have the local CPS workers called on his ass in no time flat--and the teen characters do encounter abusive highwaymen types on their travels...plus not sure I could picture living in the novel's time period, with less than frequent bathing and lack of indoor plumbing. Looks like there's a sequel that focuses on the sister Felicity.

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kwsmith
May 27, 2018

In this humorous historical novel, Henry Montague is an uneducated bisexual upper class English rogue who embarks on an ill-conceived tour of Europe dragging his best friend Percy and brainy sister Felicity along for the bumpy carriage ride. Poor Henry is trapped in a society which does not accept homosexuality, but that doesn't stop his romantic feelings towards Percy. I enjoyed the comically fast-paced plot, but found the characters a bit flat. Even worse, the repetitive silly jokes grew tiresome after a few hundred pages and the central romance plot didn't do anything for me.

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Booknerd_90
May 09, 2018

I really enjoyed read this book. I found it to have a fun plot and to be engaging. I liked that main character wasn't the norm and that the other characters came across as being much more important that usual side characters. I would definitely recommend this to other YA lovers.

JCLAyahA Apr 24, 2018

I decided to check out this book when I saw the "...boyish dimples so deep you could pour tea into them." A phrase like that is more than cute; it tell me that the writer is in love with what she's doing. I'll admit my expectations for first person YA novels are not usually high, but I wasn't disappointed. The protagonist doesn't appeal himself to the millennial sensibility, but he loves people that you'll love, and he grows over the course of the story. The setting was believable, although some of the myths in the plot line became a little too concrete for my liking towards the end. It's not completely unconvincing, but you will have to buy into a thing or two to appreciate the climax. The character's choices and personalities are very convincing and relevant, and since I tend to judge a book by its characters, I have to say I really liked this one! I look forward to reading more by this author.

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hannmsha
Apr 17, 2018

I went into this with high expectations. How could I not? I've genuinely seen only good things plastered all over goodreads. Surprise, surprise, my high expectations led to disappointment.

I thought I was going to love the characters. I've seen so many people gush about Monty. I've seen plenty of Percy and Felicity gushing as well. But none of them did it for me. Especially not Monty. I've read enough books that really pull off 1st person perspective to not be put off by it at first anymore. I really thought that Monty's perspective was going to be a good one, and I was going to fall for his character. But it really did nothing for me. Percy did very little for me, and I appreciated Felicity's character but in the end, they all seemed terribly contrived and relatively one-dimensional. Ugh. I wanted to like them, I really did!!

Monty and Percy's relationship had it's nice, cute moments. But overall... mildly disappointing. I expected a lot more. If I had loved the characters it definitely would have done more for me, but even then I think I would feel put out.

Outside of me not digging the 1st person, I wasn't a fan of the writing. I'm not mad about it, but it really could have been better. The plot started off strong but really went downhill. It got so ridiculous that I could barely stand it.

If you were one of the many who was able to really enjoy this book, all power to ya!!

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NikT
Jan 25, 2018

Sexual Content: The main character talks about his many casual partners, but never in too much detail.

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JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.

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