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
- ISBN-13: 9780062382801
- ISBN-10: 0062382802
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publish Date: June 2017
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Page Count: 528
- Reading Level: Ages 14-17
A rollicking summer adventure
BookPage Teen Top Pick, July 2017
Jumping from country to country across 18th-century Europe, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue follows a bisexual lad on a raucous adventure of self-discovery.
Henry “Monty” Montague was lucky enough to be born into one of England’s wealthy noble families, and now that he’s come of age, it’s time to make his grand tour across the Continent. It’s a year-long trip he’s assuming will be nothing but fun times, fast love and excessive libations with his biracial best friend (and secret love) Percy—until his unforgiving father saddles them with Monty’s boring sister, Felicity, and a killjoy tutor employed to keep them in line. Nevertheless, while attending a royal party in Paris, Monty insults and steals from the former prime minister, disgracing his family name.
As punishment for wasting his last chance to redeem himself, Monty and his motley crew are ordered home, but their carriage gets attacked by highwaymen with ties to the French crown. Once they escape, Monty, Percy and Felicity must learn about themselves, each other and the world around them to survive a trip that’s become far more than they bargained for.
Award-winning author Mackenzi Lee adeptly addresses vital themes in her historical novel, including women’s rights, racial biases, domestic abuse and LGBTQ struggles—issues that today’s society is still struggling with. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a stellar piece of young adult fiction that it could easily entertain the adult reader as well.