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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Sail the high seas with a disgraced aristocrat, evade the capture of nefarious individuals, and walk through the halls of opulent French palaces with this hilarious historical fiction.

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... Read More »

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.

Also available in ebook & audio!

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Apr 05, 2021

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue is a fun, romantic twist on classic historical fiction novels. Following a young noble’s Grand Tour across Europe in the Baroque period and his journey to finally confess his love to his childhood best friend, the story has plot twists that will leave the reader on the edge of their seat. The book balances aspects of romance, discrimination and judgement from unaccepting family, magic, and adventure with ease, leaving the reader with a sense of melancholy and wistfulness by the end. The characters feel like family and the setting is almost tangible.
I would highly recommend this story to teens looking for a fun novel to devour in a single afternoon and would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The story is also a Stonewall Honor Book, an award given to exceptional LGBTQIA+ novels.

JCLSteveC Apr 05, 2021

Hilariously witty Monty grows up through unexpected adventures. Super fun Book!

Apr 02, 2021

An Update: Okay, so next time I will Complete the book before commenting on it... For now I have changed my rating to reflect the update.

FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 05, 2021

The Maple Ridge Teen Advisory Group (TAG) recommends this book (October/November 2019). Come into the Maple Ridge branch to learn more about joining TAG!

Nov 09, 2020

Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue is a pleasure to read. Having won recognition as a YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and Rainbow List 2018 The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue has a broad readership appeal. Lee’s novel centers around Monty, Percy, and Felicity as they navigate late adolescence in the 1700s while journeying across Europe in a fast-paced and engaging style. The central romance is Male-Male and is complete with a childhood best friend will-they-won’t-they trope. Lee layers in superbly rich world details that firmly place the reader in the world of The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue. While at times the environmental conflicts were unrealistic and a tad distracting the central romance of Monty and Percy makes the shortfalls forgivable. The audiobook edition of The Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue is very well produced, narrated, and paced. Often times I have a strong distaste for posh British male narrators, the tone often feels condescending, but the tone, cadence, and accent of the narrator for The Gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue was perfect. There is youth and energy behind the narrator as they endeavor to bring this tale to life for the audience. On Novelist and Goodreads this novel has a solid 4 star rating and I have to agree. If you are a romance reader looking for an introductory book to LGBTQIA romances and minimal sensuality this is the book for you!

Oct 07, 2020

This novel is packed with action, and is great if you are looking for an exiting and humorous story. There are also some tender moments and a good amount of angst which will appeal to readers of all ages. The exploration of the awkward beginnings of a romance will warm your heart and have you invested in the characters.

Aug 11, 2020

Monty is heading out on his Grand Tour under the threat from his father that if he doesn't curb his mischievous and careless behavior he'll be in heaps of trouble upon his return. Joining him are his best friend/crush Percy, as well as his irritating sister Felicity. Set upon by highwaymen while journeying to Marseilles, the three are separated from their adult chaperones and are immediately immersed in a nefarious plot which threatens their young lives.

A charming and amusing tale of adventure and mayhem stretching across Europe, it would make a splendid palate cleanser/vacation read. Looking forward to its sequel.

WCL_Rosie Jul 16, 2020

Monty is the wild child heir of an English Earl, and has one last year to tour with his best friend Percy, who he just happens to be wildly in love with, before returning to his estate. This book is funny and packed with action, yet has some surprisingly tender moments. Our three main characters are well fleshed out, and the narrator for the audiobook does a fantastic job of bring Monty to life - both with his likeable and sometimes dislikeable traits.

STPL_JessH Mar 13, 2020

Do you ever read a book, dislike it, then realize that maybe, just maybe the problem was your mood?!?!

No, just me?

Well, anyway, when I first read this book a few years ago, I must not have been paying attention. It is SO much fun. I'm listening to the audio book which is a sheer delight and I highly recommend it.

While Monty is a ridiculous and annoying character, he's so loveable that I can't help but root for the hot mess that he is. Percy and Felicity are lovely and fierce in their own ways. There's much more depth to this story than I thought there would be. Such moments of tenderness accompany some real growth. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the lives of this trio.

Sep 26, 2019

A super angsty adventure novel. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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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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