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!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This novel has all the ingredients of a truly epic love story: a forbidden relationship, sexy aristocrats, and an exhilarating adventure across 18th-century Europe. When hedonistic young British lord Monty and his cheerful best friend, Percy, embark on the traditional European grand tour, Monty’s pleasure-seeking ways turn their extended vacation into a perilous quest. Along the way, the pair are forced to discover truths about themselves, each other, and their relationship. Witty, romantic, and thrilling, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a rollicking good time.
Eighteen-year-old Henry "Monty" Montague scandal prone, acid tongued, and a bit too fond of boys, girls, and gin is embarking on a grand tour of Europe, a last hurrah before taking up the mantle of lordship. The tour quickly veers off course for Monty, his longtime friend (and not-so-secret crush) Percy, and his headstrong sister Felicity when Monty and a young lady are caught in a compromising situation at Versailles, after which Monty absconds with a small trinket. Pursued by the Duke of Bourbon, Monty learns that the object may hold the key to unlocking powerful alchemical secrets. Without funds or connections, the three haphazardly make their way across the continent, crossing paths with secretive Spanish siblings, an inexperienced pirate crew, and others. It's a gloriously swashbuckling affair, but Lee (This Monstrous Thing) doesn't shy from addressing the era's overt racism, sexism, homophobia, and prejudice regarding illness. Percy, a biracial epileptic, and Felicity, a young woman dreaming of medical school, are well-rounded and fascinating supporting characters, and the romantic relationship that develops between Monty and Percy is sure to leave readers happily starry-eyed. Ages 13 up.
The character faced nonstop problem after problem, which became repetitive after a while. But other than that, it was overall a rather good book.
Such a fun book! I loved all of the characters and their unique flaws and personalities, Monty is one of the best protagonists I’ve read. This book was such a fun read, and I highly recommend it.
i cried for 15 minutes straight
I have photo evidence of this occurring i cried at the end so bad my face turned red and my eyes swole up and i had a headache for the rest of the day i was screaming bawling like it was real tears. Btw i love percy sm he’s like one of my favorite book characters it’s nice to read about a character i relate to i feel like there’s not a lot of good biracial rep in historical fiction like we can do fun stuff too !! it was funny as heck it made me laugh cry gout alot of things i literally thought about this book months after finishing it it is the best thing i’ve read recently i’m so serious pick this up frl.