The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi LeeThe Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue

byMackenzi Lee

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

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A Kirkus Prize nominee and Stonewall Honor winner with five 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 LeeSimon 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.

Mackenzi Lee earned a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own grand tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. You can spot her on Twitter @themackenzilee, where she c...
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Title:The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And VirtueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.57 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062382802

ISBN - 13:9780062382801

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Different but Monty Ruins it Two things really stood out for me in this book: the quality of the writing and Monty. This book was very well written. The drama was there as well as humour and intriguing plot points. As for the characters themselves, I found them to be quite unique and they even managed to develop over the pages. Although I'd have wanted for Monty to grasp things more quickly and change more than what he did, but it was simply realistic so I can't really talk against that aspect. The plot was fun and interesting, though it sometimes lacked realism or high stakes. My favourite character was Felicity (hands down!). She's strong, independent, determined and impressive in her own way. She's pursuing medecine in her free time despite what her father and society think of a woman having a passion (or the wits!) for it. I can't wait for the sequel, which is all about Felicity! However, Monty didn't sit well with me. At all. He's such an idiot from beginning to end. Yes, okay, at the end he's a bit more open-minded and kind, but since the characters were done realistically, people will often come back to behaving just like they used to so with very few differences... He's arrogant and careless and doesn't even put himself in Percy's shoes for... EVERYTHING. It's always others' fault and he's so oblivious. I know he has a hard past, but he's really just blind or plain stupid. Either way, I don't like him. It's his personality I dislike. Reading this book wasn't a lot of fun because he was in it, see? I don't even know why I finished it. Probably because Felicity is awesome and Percy is so cute. But Monty? Thank God the sequel isn't about him! But not everything is lost for there's a special treat in this book: interracial homosexual love. Like, why don't we see this more often? In all possible combinations: interracial love, homosexual love, and interracial homosexual love. It's cruelly missing and this book gives it to us. Lastly, the realism surrounding epilepsy and madhouses is heart-wrenching. But well done! Oh, I forgot: it's set in 18th century, so that's pretty great. All in all, the book and story themselves weren't bad, but Monty ruined it for me. I hated picking up the book and having to read HIS point of view. If it had been Percy's, now, that would have been perfect and sweet, I'm sure of it. I guess it's 4 disappointing stars for this one. I can't rate it less than 4 because a character didn't sit well with me, right? Let's say I'm judging the overall product as a 4 stars.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) This was a wonderfully inclusive, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching but overall cathartic read. I can't wait to read more from Mackenzi Lee in the future.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SUPER FUNNY!! *4.5 At the start of this book I was a little bored but as soon as something actually started to happen (danger) I immediately got sucked into the story! I loved how unique and different the characters were for that time in society, each one of them in some way a minority. Honestly I just really loved this story as it progressed and I’m so excited to see what happens next!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! this book had me laughing out loud many times. follows the story of monty, percy and monty's sister. this book features those who are very much aquainst the ways of thing back when women and people of color did not have the same rights. very refreshing read.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well-researched regency jaunt I think the author says it best when she talks about what motivated her to write the book, "The idea of young people left to their own devices on the continent in the eighteenth century seemed fertile ground for the sort of tropey adventure novel I had always wanted to write." The book itself is a quick read, emotional and hilarious in turn. The author's note at the end reminds me of Fiction Press notes, and really helps to situate the story in its historical context. The further reading is a nice touch.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oh man was this one hyped. Unfortunately, I didn't fall for it as much as everyone else, but it might be a me-thing and not the book itself. For a while I thought I might actually put it down. I was about a hundred or so pages in and nothing had hooked me. Everyone was treating each other like trash and the plot had barely begun to take off. Luckily, the scene with the highwaymen followed soon after and I became much more focused on the story. Sadly, however, the plot just wasn't very interesting for me. I couldn't care less about their mission. The characters were what saved the story for me and how full it was with strong diversity. Mackenzi Lee created characters with many layers that were peeled back until we saw them at their very core. We saw them at their happiest and at their most broken, and the story was far richer because it them. She amazingly tackles sexuality, race, gender and ableism, all without making it feel heavy-handed or like ticking off boxes. It was eyeopening and educational, and I feel like I learned a lot about this time in history through a fun, shippy story. Monty and Percy are an adorable pair and Felicity is a badass chick who the world should be afraid of.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, congenial, and a pleasure to read excited for Mackenzi Lee's next work
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This was the first audiobook that I ever loved. The protagonist is outrageous, the love story is angsty, and the writing is full of humor. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious The funniest book I read in 2017. I purchased the audiobook as well!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Funny and easy to read, I recommend many teens as well as all those with an interest in historical fiction, (with a spin!) to read it.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book of all time !! this book is so much fun and deserves so much love. this story brings you on a ride and you don't want it to stop. read this so quickly it was unbelievable. i loved it :)
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this Not normally the type of book that would appeal to me, but it was on the "Staff Recommendations" shelf alongside some other good reads and so I felt compelled to pick it up. Once I started reading, I couldn't get my nose out of the book. This is simply a fun adventure with very strong characters.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I just couldn't put it down! It is extremely funny and very well written. You fall in love with the characters instantly.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO FUN This was such a fun and HILARIOUS read, monty is too good
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different taste at historical fiction I was really surprised by this book because the blurb never seemed like the type of book that would appeal to me. I'm so happy I did give it a try because it really wasn't just about the romance but the character development was great and the adventure was a lot of fun.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It was fun, and different. I honestly had no idea what it was about when i picked it up, but i'm glad I did because I had a really nice time reading it!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE PERFECT Y/A CONTEMPORARY NOVEL this book is my all time favourite book. past all fantasies, contemporaries, thrillers and any other genre, i love this book with all of my heart. there is so much adventure and love packed in this story. there is this thrilling romance that burns me ever so slowly. percy and monty's adventure and relationship is everything i didn't know i needed in life. AND MONTY'S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! UGH! i love him so much. please read this if you get the chance. you wont regret it.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun, shippy time. Oh man was this one hyped. Unfortunately, I didn't fall for it as much as everyone else, but it might be a me-thing and not the book itself. For a while I thought I might actually put it down. I was about a hundred or so pages in and nothing had hooked me. Everyone was treating each other like trash and the plot had barely begun to take off. Luckily, the scene with the highwaymen followed soon after and I became much more focused on the story. Sadly, however, the plot just wasn't very interesting for me. I couldn't care less about their mission. The characters were what saved the story for me and how full it was with strong diversity. Mackenzi Lee created characters with many layers that were peeled back until we saw them at their very core. We saw them at their happiest and at their most broken, and the story was far richer because it them. She amazingly tackles sexuality, race, gender and ableism, all without making it feel heavy-handed or like ticking off boxes. It was eyeopening and educational, and I feel like I learned a lot about this time in history through a fun, shippy story. Monty and Percy are an adorable pair and Felicity is a badass chick who the world should be afraid of.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun, shippy time. Oh man was this one hyped. Unfortunately, I didn't fall for it as much as everyone else, but it might be a me-thing and not the book itself. For a while I thought I might actually put it down. I was about a hundred or so pages in and nothing had hooked me. Everyone was treating each other like trash and the plot had barely begun to take off. Luckily, the scene with the highwaymen followed soon after and I became much more focused on the story. Sadly, however, the plot just wasn't very interesting for me. I couldn't care less about their mission. The characters were what saved the story for me and how full it was with strong diversity. Mackenzi Lee created characters with many layers that were peeled back until we saw them at their very core. We saw them at their happiest and at their most broken, and the story was far richer because it them. She amazingly tackles sexuality, race, gender and ableism, all without making it feel heavy-handed or like ticking off boxes. It was eyeopening and educational, and I feel like I learned a lot about this time in history through a fun, shippy story. Monty and Percy are an adorable pair and Felicity is a badass chick who the world should be afraid of.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY NEW FAVOURITE Oh my God how good of a book was that! The fact that it was set in the eighteenth century just makes its so much more better. I loved every bit of this book and would highly suggest it if you want a light read filled with humor, amazing characters, the cutest (queer) couple you will ever read about. And if you ever have a book hangover, this is your go-to book! **spoiler** I loved Percy and Monty's relationship from the very beginning. It was a bit confusing at first because they would flirt so much, but it never meant anything. Honestly it was so obvious they were both head-over-heels for each other but with how close they were and their play-flirting just made it hard for them to go forward into a relationship. I loved how all the characters developed throughout the book like how Monty discovered himself and actually made an effort to control himself and you could tell that he didn't have as much of an ego as he did in the beginning of the book. Every sentence that Monty and Percy would exchange with each other had me on the edge of my seat and couldn't stop reading. I would always try to get all of my homework done with any time I had so I could go home and read. But of course, every time something good happens there is always something bad following up before they could do anything. During the french opera, Percy was doubtful about the situation even though THEY WERE MEANT TO BE. Okay, don't worry it's only the beginning of the book, I told myself. The kiss that happened below decks where they both confessed their love (well kind of) EVERYTHING. WAS. PERFECT. A cannon blows and they are interrupted. Once again. Lastly, their kiss in Venice, where everyone basically almost dies in the follow up of that situation with the Lazarus Key.... *sigh* Before I get to the beautiful ending, I want to say that I LOVE Felicity. She is super badass and her passion for sciences and surgery is absolutely inspiring, since women did not have the same privileges as men during that time period. I am extremely excited to read the sequel to this series that has Felicity as a main character with her science-y friends and their continuation of the start to her 'pirate journey' at the end of Gentleman's Guide. I am a sucker for happy endings and honestly this one made this list for the best happy endings and definitely something I would re-read. During the scene at the beach in Oia, Santorini had me weeping from its beauty. Percy and Monty's relationship had finally followed through and they 'ran away' to be together in the end. Felicity also was able to follow her dream as a surgeon/doctor by sailing with the pirates and tending their wounds. The letter that Monty wrote to his father was exceptionally perfect in it's traces of anger of all the years from his father being a horrible person to him, as well as Monty's fantasies finally becoming a reality. I can't think about the ending without crying and I cannot tell you how much time it took me just to write about this. **end of spoiler** This book is amazingly beautiful and if you didn't cry at the end... please lend me your secrets... This is something I would defiantly re-read and I am so excited for the sequel about Felicity! She is so badass and passionate about her dreams throughout the book it's insane. I highly, highly recommend this book to just about anyone honestly and it's a promise you will adore it by the first page. <3
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Heartbreaking, A New Favourite This book was wonderful, it truly deserves all the hype that is has been getting. Monty is a wonderful protagonist and will make you LOL. This book also pulls at your heartstrings, truly a must read!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype! I just couldn’t put this one down! It was fast-paced and hilarious. What more can you ask for? Oh wait! Diverse characters! Monty is bisexual and in love with his biracial bestfriend. I was sold. Monty, his sister Felicity and his best friend Percy engage on a Grand Tour around Europe, a last bit of fun before taking over his father's business. In the last few pages of the book, Mackenzi Lee explains how this was a common adventure for upper class young men. Except they probably didn’t have such bad luck as our three main protagonists. What I liked the most about this book was experiencing this crazy adventure with characters whose reality is so far away from ours. Also, I never got tired of reading scenes that involved Monty and Percy flirting. Monty grew up so much through this whole expedition. I loved his character!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply awesome! The writing in this book is fantastic; it's clever, funny, and perfectly fits of the fancy, old-timey setting. The characters are unique and interesting, and the story is amusing. It feels like a crazy rollercoaster of hilarious dialogue, fun adventure, and an intensity that grips you until the end.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Sweet, smart, and powerful, Gentleman’s Guide tackles timely topics that will resonate profoundly with readers--all wrapped up in a truly epic road trip. Prepare to laugh, gasp, swoon, and cheer.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun historical adventure! This was such a fun book, i loved all the trouble they got into and how they got out of it. The characters were lovable and funny/ Definitely worth the read
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't get the hype but not bad! I heard so many good things about this book, especially that the audiobook is amazing. I listened to the audiobook and followed along with the physical copy. It was good and I enjoyed myself at certain parts but I don't understand all the hype surrounding the book. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe it's because this was my first audio book but I wasn't blown away.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointed I bought this book a couple days ago because I only heard positive reviews about it. The book was good, no doubt, but I think my expectations were just too high. Still would recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable! Oh my heart!....Monty and Percy are so freaking adorable. They had some cute fluffy, a little slow burn, and real relationship problems. I love Monty's sister and yet hate her. I don't necessarily like all her dialogue but I lived that she was a woman of science and constantly brought solutions to the problems. I also find it amazing that pirates are constantly the liberals of every story! I don't think it quite deserves the comparison to My Lady Jane though. both books are Wonder and I adore them but they have in common being a historical fiction and being a comedy. The narration is the comedy in My Lady Jane because of the ridiculousness. This book gets it's comedy from the lead character mostly being so sarcastic and having relatively modern stances. this book brings a romance that happens to be LGBTQ bi-racial (but it doesn't emphasize how amazing the LGBTQ bi-racial romance is) + traveling around Europe with some comedy while commenting on the ridiculousness of sexism, racism, homophobia (...plus some hypocrisy of those being sexism, racist and homophobic). A strong rebellious lady also makes an appearance but is by no means a focus of the story.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best book this year. A MUST. This book was funny and sweet and dealed with a lot of heavier subject with perfection. A cute love story full of adventure and pirates!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this a lot more than I thought I would. This book reminded me of the National Treasure movies. How they go on an adventure to find clues. Also with a little romance thrown in the mix. Really good.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book has great characters you have to love...its witty and funny and all in all a great read!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT NOW i cant recommend this book enough. everyone needs to read this.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fun book This is such a cute book and really fun
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun historical fantasy adventure with a whirlwind plot featuring bold and diverse characters- including a fantastic narrator! I went into this mostly hoping for fun Victorian road-trip shenanigans with LGBTQIAP+ characters, and I definitely got that, but this book also touches quite a bit on a variety of more serious topics and issues. The combination of silly and serious made for an interesting, and sometimes slightly discordant, reading experience. It wasn't something I necessarily disliked, but it was just a little strange, I guess? I'm not even sure what I'm getting at with this observation... (great reviewing there, Kelly, 10/10 points for you). This books somehow felt both well-researched and very fictional, at the same time- the adventure part kind of turns things up to 11. Historical fantasy, in terms of the overarching plot of the story? It actually wound up getting a little bit more fantasy there toward the end, which was unexpected, after spending the first half of the book in what came of as a non-fantasy world. It wound up a bit heavier on the fantasy-adventure component than I was expecting (silly me), and that was really enjoyable! (I mean, speculative fiction is my favourite genre, so... bonus for me, really.) The strongest and most dynamic part of this book for me was the characters. Our main character comes off as a bit larger-than-life, in keeping with the plot of the story. Like, if this plot was going to happen of course it was going to happen to someone like him. Monty's a very ...amplified, maybe? person, both in terms of his good and bad personality traits, and it was fantastic seeing his character develop. He's someone who is doing his best, while struggling with quite a few things, and sometimes screwing up in a kind of spectacular way. He's vivid, multi-faceted, very funny, and also very dramatic, and made him both a fantastic character and a great narrator. I also really liked how both Percy and Felicity were vivid characters in their own right, and I really liked both of them. They're both really strong personalities as well, living their own lives and facing their own challenges. (I'm pretty excited to see that Felicity is getting a book focused on her, because I have a strong personal preference for ladies of science!) Over the course of the book, Monty really finds himself evaluating is relationships with and his assumptions about both of them. Those relationships both wind up changing a lot over the course of the book- especially the relationship between Monty and Percy, which was fantastic to see grow! They have such a great dynamic from the start, and the way their romance unfolded fit really well with the story itself. Overall, I had such a fun time reading this book. I was impressed by the number of tougher subjects this book touches on, while still being a really funny, enjoyable read, and I'm delighted that there's a companion novel!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books of the year! This book was absolutely fabulous! I want to recommend it to everyone I meet. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is about Monty, a guy in the 1700s who is going on a tour with his best friend and great love, Percy, and his sister, Felicity. During their travels, they learn a lot about each other and get caught up in a conspiracy which leads them to be on the run. Well, first of, I love books with pirates in them, so this book became even better because they were in it! The settings in TGGTVAV were very well described and interesting. This book takes place first in England and then in France, Barcelona and Greece. I absolutely loved the characters: Monty and Percy are absolute adorable and Felicity is such an inspiring woman. The character development was GLORIOUS you guys! Monty is bisexual and is a very complex guy. He is abused by his father and is very scarred by this. He can be a bit selfish, but he really wants to work on that. As the book goes on, you get to see him become braver. Percy is such an interesting character as well! (but I'm not going to spoil you about why he is so cool) Felicity is a feminist and apparently there's going to be a sequel just about here and I'm so excited! I was so happy that I got to know the side characters very well. The plot was so unique too! I don't read much about alchemy and epilepsy in historical times, so this was very interesting experience for me. I love YA historical books that are funny and kind of distort history. If you loved My Lady Jane like I did, you might love TGGTVAV. JUST PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! The cover didn't convince you enough?
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dazzling sunhin, gambling and drinking problems, and dauntening journey across the continent. I adore The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue ! Such a ABSO-BLOODY-LUTELY Great book ! It is a historical fiction young adult novel with a tiny smidge of magic of two gentleman who are at age and going to travel for the year visiting the lavish and beautiful ciities such as Paris, Barcelona and Greece- yet there traveks become interrupted when our engaging bisexual MC, Monty steals a valuable trinket box ( really, a key to opening alchemy) and travels to deliver the box to the orginal owner. In between their travels we see dazzling romance, pirates and emotional I don't know how many times I had double over and laugh and giggle. Yes, giggle. Monty is such a character. He drinks, gambles, fixated on his gorgeous important features and has the biggest crush on his best friend and companion, Percy - who is biracial, plays the violin and who is epileptic. I love love Monty and Percy ! They are just the cutest beans ever ! I promise, this is a book for adventure, love and hilarious journey across the continent for everyone. The book is every large and dense. There are topics such as PSTD, Race Relations, Queer culture, vuglar discrimmation, pyshicsl and emotional abuse, and alchemy. Even though theses topics are mention and desrcibe, the author did a amazing job to be thoughtful and respectable. The author did excellent research to grasp the topics for readers to understand and learn and enjoy.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Summer Read It's a sweet, fast-paced story with a fun narrative voice. The "harrowing" adventure part wasn't as exciting (or harrowing) as I thought it would be, as it mostly involved traveling from one place to the next. I also found some of the side characters rather under-developed, though the main cast more than makes up for it. Felicity is awesome and I would have her as a traveling companion any day.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I finished this book in a matter of days and yet I didn't want it to end. A triumph in every sense of the word. It effectively balances what you would expect from a high-octane action/adventure novel with the nuance and subtlety of its contemporaries when handling topics such as identity, purpose, discrimination, and sexuality. Despite having to contend with its many underlying subject matters, it still delivers a quality narrative, with compelling and in-depth characters, an expansive world, and drama and humour in equal measure. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for their next favourite book, it sure is mine.
Date published: 2017-07-03

Editorial Reviews

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