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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Hardcover – 10 Aug 2017
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★ “Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways, this is a gleeful romp through history. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde.” (Booklist (starred review))
★ “This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one’s place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
★ “A gloriously swashbuckling affair.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
★Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) combines her knowledge of European history with a contemporary, comic sensibility to create an over-the-top romantic adventure complete with cliff-hanging chapter endings and sometimes outrageous narration. Monty is a licentious, flawed and engaging 18th-century hero. (Shelf Awareness (starred review))
“Monty is pitch-perfect as a yearning, self-destructive, oblivious jerk of a hero who inspires equal parts sympathy, frustration, and adoration from reader. A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one.” (The Horn Book)
“Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life.” (“Best Queer Books to Celebrate Pride 2017”) (Teen Vogue)
“A rollicking ride that also turns a keen eye to issues like class, racism, homosexuality, and identity.” (Brightly.com)
“Careening from fete to fiasco on a Grand Tour of 18th century Europe, THE GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is a dizzying, dazzling, and roguishly romantic romp. This book makes me want to unrequite my own love so I can requite him all over again.” (Heidi Heilig, author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE)
“Don’t read this book unless you like adventure, hijinks, and forbidden romance, and if you do, then read it twice.” (Stacey Lee, author of THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE and UNDER A PAINTED SKY)
“An outrageously fun, witty, fascinating, and romantic adventure, starring a memorable trio I’d happily travel with for ages. Lee is a definite force in diverse historical YA.” (Dahlia Adler, founder of LGBTQ Reads and author of UNDER THE LIGHTS)
“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a Grand Tour all its own. Hilarious and romantic, adventurous and scandalous, Monty’s adventures are just as delightful as Monty himself. I adored this book!” (Rachel Hawkins, author of the Rebel Belle series)
“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.” (Claire Legrand, author of the Winterspell series)
“A delightful romp of a road-trip through eighteenth century Europe, packed with witty dialog, razor-sharp pacing, and the perfect amount of swoon. You should abso-bloody-lutely read this book.” (Erin Bowman, author of VENGEANCE ROAD)
“Vice has never been more charming and virtue never more daring than in Mackenzie Lee’s superbly written globetrotting adventure. Not since Hamilton the musical has the 18th century been this much fun.” (Amy Cherrix, Malaprop's Bookstore)
“An incomparably delightful historical romp. I was swept away by Monty’s incorrigible voice from the very first page, and the rest of this confident adventure tale did not disappoint. Lee’s sophomore novel has heart, depth, and an abundance of wisecracks from a protagonist you can’t help but adore.” (Rebecca Wells, Porter Square Books)
“Simultaneously harrowing and hilarious, everything about this book from the serious questions posed about sexuality, chronic illness, and social inequality to the extraordinary journey Monty, his best friend, and his sister find themselves on make Mackenzi Lee’s latest the kind of book you’d be a fool to miss.” (Gaby Salpeter, Books of Wonder)
“Monty and Percy are insanely shippable from page one, and quickly became one of my favorite YA couples of all time.” (Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop)
“The John Hughes of queer 18th century adventure novels with an alchemical heart at its center. Lee perfectly captures teen humor and angst. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!” (Alsace Walentine, Tombolo Books)
“I can’t wait to get this book in my store—I know my customers looking for historical fiction and LGBTQ stories will adore GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE as much as I have!” (Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers)
“Filled with highwaymen, pirates, and heart pounding exploits of a romantic nature, this is the summer road-trip adventure you’ve been waiting for.” (Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books)
“With roguish charm, sly wit, and tender heart, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is a shameless flirt of a novel. If Monty and Percy hadn’t already stolen my heart, I would surrender it to them gladly.” (Wendy Darling, The Midnight Garden)
“Wonderfully refreshing. A delightful, thoughtful, hilarious read.” (Maggie Kane, Between the Covers)
“An adventurous romp through 18th-century Europe with a trio of unforgettable characters. Lee weaves together the fun and the fantastical with a conversation on historical privilege that will resonate with modern readers. Perfect for fans of LA Meyer’s Bloody Jack series. Expect to fall in love with this book!” (Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books)
An elegant, colorful, swashbuckling good time of a read and a beautiful addition to the LGBTQ+ genre. This is a great novel for upper YA readers and a great adult cross-over title. I definitely have a book hangover after finishing this gem. (Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books)
“A Marauder’s Map of the heart, full of pirates, highwaymen, humor and romance. Mischief managed brilliantly!” (Chris Abouzeid, Co-Owner, Belmont Books)
“Lee’s rip-roaring, genre-trampling, beautifully affirmative novel absolutely lives up to the hype, whisking readers off on a breathless and refreshingly unique adventure.” (RT Book Reviews)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
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In the vein of the most entertaining adventure's novels it has a road trip, adventures, obstacles, pirates (eh what's an adventure without pirates?) and a score of entertaining characters - both of the main and secondary type.
Even if it had just been about the caper, this book would have been lovely and entertaining as it is written with style and talent and the writing carries the story breathlessly through all the expected tropes and archetypes of adventure's narrative and then some. But it wasn't only about the caper - there was so much more!
The adventure's plot counterpoints the character development and discovery of both the MC and his companions. Monty is the most entitled, arse-ish, self deprecating narrator and yet as layers and layer of self narrative get stripped as the trip becomes more and more rocambolesque, he also becomes sincere, trying so hard to be good and shed entitlement, privilege and shallowness. Percy also takes more substance as the book advances: as the book is narrated exclusively through Monty's eyes Percy starts with this air of impossible perfection and very, very static - as my lovely Karen says in her review he looks for all intent and purposes like the biggest doormat ever! But he is anything but. As Monty's narration - and the journey - progresses, Percy is revealed as a strong, determined young man and the very opposite of a doormat.
Likewise, Felicity is initially seen as the most two dimensional of characters - The Annoying Sibling; but yet again as Monty grows as a characters so does his sister and she begins to flesh out in his eyes as much as she does in ours and man! what a phenomenal character she is! (gleeful moment where I go all excited that there is going to be a companion book about her soon). Moreover I think the Monty and Felicity hate/love sibling relationship has to be one of the best I have read of late and a totally relatable one.
Underscoring the clever and witty writing and the classic tropes of the adventure novel, this book also deliver stark commentary on sexuality, race and gender inbalance, living with a chronic illness, abuse, mental health, slavery, class struggle and finding your way outside of society norms and regulation. And the best thing it does so blissfully without ever becoming preachy and prescriptive!(because hands up who else is totally and utterly done with this current habit, in certain quarters, to be preached at by novelists who think their life mission is to look down at their readers? )
I also loved the mash up of modern and historical in the language: it made me think in the fondest possible way of A Knight Tale. In both movie and book the history is well researched while the modern outlook and approach allows for the delivery of quite a unique experience, one that I will treasure as a favourite for a long time.
All in all TGGTOVAV is one of my best reads of 2017, confirms how phenomenally good the writing is in YA.
Henry, Julie and Percy's tour and then mad dash through Europe covers, political unrest, homosexuality, the education of women and racism. Great characters even the incidental ones and fun plot with lots of romantic misunderstandings!
Worth a read and should be turned into a tv series immediately!!
The story is told from Monty's first-person point-of-view, but this is not to the detriment of the supporting cast. Everyone has a goal and an arc, even those who appear briefly.
Young people questioning their sexuality will find a hero in unabashed Monty.
Basically, this book was everything I didn't know I needed, thank you Mackenzi Lee, I can't wait to read your next work!
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