The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062382801
Branch Call Number: YA LEE
Characteristics: 513 pages : map ; 22 cm


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In the late 1700s, a young British lord embarks on a Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend (and secret crush) Percy.

LGBTQ romance. An 18th century Scot, Monty, tries to win over his best friend Percy on an adventurous tour through Europe.

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JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

This seems wildly popular and very well reviewed by the critics so I'll try not to rain on the parade, but it didn't appeal to me as much as everyone else. It's not really my style, and I was far more annoyed than charmed by the protagonist ("From the start, readers will be drawn in by Monty's charm" - School Library Journal). I found it good, but not great.

OatmealThunder Dec 27, 2017

If you've found yourself thinking, "I do so wish there were a period piece about a gentlemanly scamp romping about Europe that included parties, thievery, pirates, and a touch of romance," well, do I have good news for you.

KateHillier Nov 23, 2017

I've really needed something lighthearted and fun recently and this really fit the bill. There are moments of gravity and serious themes here but it was a blast to read.

18 year old Henry Montague loves drinking, partying, fornicating (with both men and women). In a last ditch attempt to get some of these hobbies out of his system (especially his marked preference for male company despite his doting on the fairer sex) he is sent on his Grand Tour with his sister, Felicity, and best friend, Percy. Percy whom he may have a deep crush on.

Henry is hoping to party and have fun with Percy before he attempts to get his act together and go be lord of the estate on pain of banishment from the family. What he gets is adventure, debauchery, romance, pirates, near death situations, and a host of other encounters that make Henry realise both his priorities and his value.

The characters are awesome. The prose is snappy and engaging - the dialogue is sparkling - and the hits keep on coming. The pages fly by and I deeply wish for more from these characters - and I hear that that is a thing!

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good time.

Nov 10, 2017

An informative yet entertaining depiction of a tour with a diverse cast and eerie magic. Recommended to fans of historical fiction. LGBTQIA+ friendly.

AL_SUSANW Nov 07, 2017

One trend in YA lit is historical fiction and the "Gentleman's Guide" fits the bill set in the 18th century but with a twist. The main character, Monty, is bi sexual but mostly gay, crushing on long time family friend Percy. When to two embark on a World Tour, a last fling before their adult responsibilities are forced upon them, you can be sure it will be an epic journey.Yet another YA book that transcends the genre "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" is a real winner!

Oct 26, 2017

I loved this novel. The Gentleman's Guide is a rollicking page turner I couldn't put down. The road trip across Europe is full of great characters and lots of laughs. I sure hope Monty, Percy, and Felicity live happily ever after. (Highest rating).

AL_TIEGAN Oct 10, 2017

The characters in this novel are absolutely wonderful! Monty is fantastically flawed, Percy is steadfastly loyal, and Felicity is defiantly medically inclined. The trio goes out to Tour the Continent before having to settle into the different roles in their lives, but things go horribly wrong, as they tend to do around Monty. Rather than taking the full Tour as scheduled, full of art and symphonies and hob-nobbing, the trio is thrown off course after an encounter with highwaymen looking for a box Monty stole from the Duke of Bourbon. This leads them on a trail to encounter an apothecary, an alchemist, a secretive brother and sister, pirates, and a sinking tomb. A great tale of daring adventure, intrigue, love, and family.

AL_JENNY Oct 05, 2017

I adored this book. It was an absolute hoot! Romance, adventure, and lots of laughs!

Oct 02, 2017

This is a pleasant, fun, fast YA read about a flawed young nobleman who learns some badly-needed lessons about his own power and privilege that easily apply to life today, and I applaud it having a bisexual man as protagonist. That said, I was distracted by how much Monty, the main character, felt less like an eighteenth-century nobleman or even an actual man, but like the kind of queer man a female writer produces for female readers--in other words, a slash trope. I also found the story bogged down in Barcelona and that the mix of medical and historic accuracy with supernatural elements didn't quite work (and I say this as someone who usually loves historical fantasy). A lot of young people and slash fans will love this novel, but as an avid adult YA reader, I found it works less for an adult audience.

VaughanPLAlyssia Sep 11, 2017

There’s only one word to describe this book: A-DOR-A-BLE. The concept is great; I think everyone who learns about the European Grand Tour tradition falls in love with it, and it’s a concept RIPE for hijinks (why don’t more people write about it??). At heart this is an adventure story, and there’s never a dull moment. The writing is clever and vibrant, and Monty has one of the most fun voices I’ve read in YA. He’s a jerk with terrible impulse control, but he’s somehow still so lovable, which is a credit to the author. The characters are all well-drawn and believable, and their chemistry with each other is perfect, especially Monty and Felicity’s sibling relationship. Also kudos for the representation of mixed-race people in high society at the time! This is a subject that few people know about or write about, so I hope it sparks some curiosity in readers. There’s also a little more smuttiness than I anticipated (not a complaint!), so if that’s your thing, you’re in luck.

I deducted half a star because I think Percy was a little too obviously in love with Monty—it strained credulity that Monty wouldn’t pick up on it. Their romantic tension dragged on a liiitttllee too long, but it did pay off.

Fans of this book should read up on Lord Byron, a real-life 19th century poet/scoundrel who could give Monty a run for his money!

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God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.


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