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.

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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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.

Sep 04, 2019

Like I've said a million times, I LOVE a good time period piece, and this one in particular was extremely funny! Monty the main character is meant to be a well bred Aristocrat, but he finds his life of upper class parties with socialites to be a bit BORING! There's nothing Monty enjoys more than misbehaving, drinking a little bit to much and causing some of the most scandalous of scenes. These scenes are exactly what his father detests and he decides to send Monty away on a Tour of Europe so that he can hopefully receive a little bit of "refinement." Monty decides to bring his best friend, and secret crush Percy along. He wants Europe to be their last great adventure, of waking up in strange women's beds, gambling a little bit to much, and drinking the nights in Paris away before he needs to settle down and behave like an adult. This was such a good LGBT+ book! Monty is a bisexual character and Percy is Gay, they both harbor secret feelings for each other but neither one of them can really tell for certain how the other one feels. Also this is set in a time period where being LGBT was EXTREMELY frowned upon, so they both are just completely terrified of coming out to each other. This sets the basis for a lot of really cute flirting, to test boundaries and get a feel for how the other one is feeling. It was just really cute all around, like I SHIP this couple 100%. It was really well written, there's a lot of spontaneity and misadventures. This is probably my favorite read for the month. It's just so light hearted and a feel good romance. It's exactly what I needed after reading such a heart wrenching book, (Tyler Johnson Was Here), the week before.

LibraryRosanna Aug 22, 2019

I loved, loved, loved this book. It's such a fun romp, filled with memorable characters, and is a perfect read if you are looking for something light and humourous. Following the adventures as three young people embark on their Grand Tour, it also explores the love a young man has for his best friend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Aug 18, 2019

This was a practice in queer excellence. I devoured this book and it is an amazing piece of storytelling and character crafting. I about cried when I finished it and realized the library was closed so I couldn't immediately check out the sequel

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.

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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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