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, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062382801
Branch Call Number: YA LEE M
Characteristics: 513 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Monty is, honestly, SUCH A JERK, but throughout the narrative he learns how to be less of a jerk and I adore stories like that. Percy, however, is sheer perfection. What an adventurous, romantic, fun novel this is.

This book is combines everything I love in a book - queer romance, adventure, snarky girls, and a true coming-of-age tale. LOVE IT.

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Fantastically charming, swoon-inducing YA historical romance. Get on the holds list now!

LPL_MeredithW Mar 25, 2017

If Mackenzi Lee tapped a direct line into my id and wrote a book based on what she found there, she couldn’t have done much better than this fantastically charming, extremely well-written queer historical YA romance. Henry Montague is set to inherit his father’s estate, but only after he spends a... Read More »

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May 14, 2019

I love these characters. They feel so fleshed out and I couldn't wait to see how they got out of each scrape that Monty managed to grt them into. I'm definitely going to have to read the sequal.

Mar 14, 2019

This one was really good. Poor Monty with the miscommunication and handsomely ugly battle scars and Felicity's bullheaded wonderfulness and Percy with his violin and illness. Beautiful kids, through the flaws and misfortune and stupid plots (Monty) and the petty theft of things that come back to bite you in the arse. Good show.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Adventure, love, mystery, clever humor. HERE for this book.

Dec 08, 2018

This was delightful, I loved the story and the adventure and the characters and the romance and the humor and I was shipping Henry and Percy hard. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

Nov 27, 2018

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the best book I’ve read in a long time. It is the gay Victorian road trip novel you didn’t even know you needed. It is sweet and clever, but also touches on real issues, such as gay relationships in Victorian times, women’s place in Victorian society, racial issues and racism in Victorian society, and the stigma surrounding disabilities during that time. This story contains a cast of lovable characters that are all thoroughly fleshed out. Each character has a motive that is evident through their actions throughout the course of the book. I finished this book hungry for more, which was good because the sequel, The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, had just come out. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. 5/5
- @nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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.

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.

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!

Jun 07, 2018

What an enjoyable read!

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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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