The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Henry "Monty" Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven't been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is 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. Still it isn't in Monty's nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he 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 that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062382801
Characteristics: 513 p. : map ; 22 cm


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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.

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!

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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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