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
ISBN: 9780062382801
0062382802
9780062693112
0062693115
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lee
Description: 513 pages : map ; 22 cm

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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, and 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 ... Read More »

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 a... Read More »

A young adult adventurous romp set in 18th-century Europe. Funny, romantic, and original! - Rob S.


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STPL_JessH Mar 13, 2020

Do you ever read a book, dislike it, then realize that maybe, just maybe the problem was your mood?!?!

No, just me?

Well, anyway, when I first read this book a few years ago, I must not have been paying attention. It is SO much fun. I'm listening to the audio book which is a sheer delight and I highly recommend it.

While Monty is a ridiculous and annoying character, he's so loveable that I can't help but root for the hot mess that he is. Percy and Felicity are lovely and fierce in their own ways. There's much more depth to this story than I thought there would be. Such moments of tenderness accompany some real growth. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in the lives of this trio.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Sep 26, 2019

A super angsty adventure novel. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

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penelopegomez
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.

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hnweatherford
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

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The_Zookeeper
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.

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Blue_Cat_717
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.

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Linyarai
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!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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NikT
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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