The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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 BooklistA 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!
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"I went in expecting to hate this book, because what I’ve heard about the author isn’t fantastic. But I was surprised to be enjoying myself more than I expected, because there were queer people Doing Fun Things instead of just agonizing or being hatecrimed. It’s reasonably well-written, and I found the main character’s BPD subtly handled. I still eyerolled at some romantic scenes, and some random topics felt too much like scrolling through inspo tumblr (the kintsugi in particular), but it was fun"
"When I started reading this, I was quite bored, so I ended up taking a break. Only when I continued did I realize I was right on the chapter that was interesting and it got so good from that moment on. After that, I was able to finish it within a week, only I would've finished quicker if it wasn't for me trying to schedule out my reading. To get to the point: I LOVE THIS BOOK. I originally had such low expectations because I very much dislike historical fiction, but god was this book different. I didn't want it to end. So many things about it are amazing to the point where I can't even describe it. I just love this book so much."
"I actually rather liked this book - in so much as I ever like a romance at any rate. Because it is totally a romance. A super frustrating one at that. Two idiots in unrequited love with eachother, thus making it 100% requited but they're both too oblivious to realize it until the last 100 pages or so."
"This was an unexpected treat. I quite liked the cover but it had that iffy YA look about it. Though to my complete shock the story was a delight and had none of the boring tropes. There was a interesting period piece plot, the romance a slow burn, a character that at first you thought was a boring background fill in became loveable and down right essential, and let's no forget about all the Monty wingeing.<br/><br/>Monty was one egotistical snarky piece of work. Never serious, always musing up his hair to the obvious thrill of whoever he set his gaze on. He was also a self serving sissy. See what I mean about the unexpect fun. Practically hiding behind other people or shrugging off his sense of duty in which made the story laugh out loud hilarious. He was continuously reckless, not thinking before he opened his big mouth, child acting nitwit and it made it that much more enjoyable. I absolutely loved his character.<br/><br/>Percy was a beautiful accompaniment to Monty's gile mannerisms. While Monty had a albeit rich but hard life, Percy was always there showing him that others had it bad too and that he wasn't alone. It just seemed that Monty didn't want to look past his own problems sometimes. At first Felicity seemed to be a hollow background character but once away from the house and her over bearing parents she really blossomed and I grew to love her. And by the way after reading the ending I am super hyped that her story is next.<br/><br/>To wrap it up this was just a really fun and easy read. Perfect, sense it was character driven and the characters were a trio that supplemented each other in the best possible way. The ending, which I thought would get cut short, surprisingly made me glow with happiness. I'm very much looking forward to the next story. The only reason it isn't a perfect 5 out of 5 for me was the plot it think. It seemed a bit in the fantasy relm without actually going there. Christian Coulson did an impeccable job narrating. He got Monty's voice down to a tee and I absolutely loved it.<br/><br/>Best part of the book.....<br/>Monty: "I think my hand is broken."<br/>Felicity: *eyes rolling* "Your hand isn't broken.""