The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry "Monty" Montague and his best friend Percy find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062382825
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (513 pages) : illustration

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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 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."


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.

Jul 26, 2017

So right off the bat: I finished this ~500 page book in a single day, which is something I have not done for a very, very long time. The book snatched me right up, and as frustrating as I sometimes found Monty (which was, I'm sure, absolutely intentional!) I absolutely had to know what was going to happen to him at each stage of the book. I really loved the entire thing, and all of the characters are so fleshed out and well done, I'm just in awe. What an incredible addition to the world of historical fiction! I want a lot more books just like it.

EvaELPL Jul 25, 2017

A wonderfully fun and surprisingly moving historical YA read, this follows Monty, his best friend Percy (who he may or may not be secretly in love with), and his sister Felicity as their Grand Tour of Europe turns into a twisting adventure full of scheming dukes, alchemists, pirates, puzzles, plagues, and more. The plot is engrossing and smartly paced, but the real heart of the book is in the characters. I loved how thoughtfully and yet effortlessly this book tackles issues of race, sexuality, class, sexism, privilege, and more, all with a sense of hope and a focus on what a happy ending for everyone might look like. Lee sets the bar high for thoughtful representation and skillful writing in YA literature here.

AL_KATI Jul 24, 2017

Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year. The plot is fast and fun, the characters are so well-developed that they feel like friends, and the writing is great. I loved this!

PinesandPrejudice Jul 20, 2017

I adored this book. It was adventurous, courageous, funny, friendly, heart-breaking, and intense. With well-developed, well-rounded and interesting characters to boot.

The two issues I had with the book were 1) the classic three's company set up which was very Harry/Ron/Hermione-ish and 2) The back and forth between Percy and Monty took up at least more than a 100 pages than it should have. It was too obvious and I had a hard time believing the characters would be so daft toward their feelings for each other when it is obvious to literally EVERY ONE.

Monty had such a great voice and one you don't often get in YA, especially when it's so well-developed. It's hard to love an asshole but that's exactly what you end up doing. Felicity is one of my new favorite heroines and I am so happy she is getting her own book! And Percy, Percy is too Hufflepuff for his own good but you can't help but adore him. Also, I want to learn more about Scipio in Felicity's book because I am obsessed with that man.

It is a great book with flawed, beautiful characters and an action-packed story that barely lets you breathe. I enjoyed it, thoroughly.

samcmar Jun 26, 2017

I knew I had to have this book when it was described to me as "Monty and Percy's Big Gay Eurotrip." A lot of friends and bloggers who I trust who had read this book early had said it was one of their favourites in a long time. Needless to say, this book was super hyped in my brain and it lived up to all my expectations.

What I loved about this book is the chemistry between all the main characters. Monty nearly killed me half the time with his hi-jinx, while Percy always made me smile trying to be the rational one. I also loved, loved, loved Felicity and I am stoked she is getting her own book. The friendship between all the main characters was easily one of my favourite parts of this book.

While this book is chock full of humour, it also had some more serious moments that were so compelling and sad. This book was over five hundred pages, but it was one of those books where I savored and enjoyed it regardless of size. Sometimes I find chunky books have too much padding, but that was not the case in Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.

I also adored the romance in this book as it's so cute. I found myself constantly shipping Monty/Percy even from the beginning and I loved how Lee develops that relationship and how it unfolds in the narrative. It's wonderful, funny, charming and it just made my teeth rot with it's cuteness. I ship it. I also think the way in which Lee describes all the locations that Monty and Percy visited was exquisite and vivid. It made me feel like I was there with the characters!

With strong, interesting and quirky characters coupled with fun and quippy writing, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a must read for those who love historical fiction, cross-country globetrotting, and a fun romance. Mackenzi Lee is an author worth reading and watching for.

Jun 21, 2017

I Love. This. Book. I love this book! I LOVE -- you get the idea. It is basically a gay 18th century road trip around Europe -- which as far as I'm concerned is enough of a selling point. But people! This book is so! good! It is hilarious -- so clever and purposefully anachronistic and just so, so funny -- and yet also manages to be extremely heartfelt, at the moments when it really counts. Monty is an excellent narrator -- I would read a ten-book series about him, for real -- and I loved seeing his growth as a character over the 500 pages of this book. His romance with Percy was so lovely and I was totally emotionally invested in it, and his sister Felicity is honestly worthy of a book all her own. If you're looking for the most fun you'll have reading a YA book all year, look no further -- this is it.

Jun 01, 2017

I had the privilege to read this witty, trope-y, historical adventure-filled romp as an advanced reader copy, prompting me to pre-order my own copy. "Gentleman's Guide" is a perfect, frothy summer read starring the flirtatious Monty, his bluestocking sister Felicity, and his best friend/mad crush Percy as they take off on a roadtrip across Europe, beset by misfortunes largely created through Monty's missteps. Note: if you read this one in public, be prepared to explain to onlookers what exactly had you snickering aloud in that book you're reading.

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