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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Écrit par Mackenzi Lee

Raconté par Christian Coulson


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Écrit par Mackenzi Lee

Raconté par Christian Coulson

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Jun 27, 2017
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9780062743114
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Description

A hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel, named one of summer's 20 must-read books by Entertainment Weekly!

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.

4 starred reviews and #1 pick on the summer 2017 Indie Next List!

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À propos de l'auteur

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, the Boston Globe, Crixeo, and the Newport Review, among others. Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing, won the PEN New England–Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her second book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, was a New York Times bestseller and an ABA bestseller, earned five starred reviews, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and received a 2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor and a New England Book Award. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home, where she works as an independent bookstore manager and pets every dog she meets. www.mackenzilee.com


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  • (4/5)
    Why did it take me so long to read this book?!? This is a one of a kind young adult book. It's full of swagger, sex, vice, adventure, pirates, romance (gay and straight), and intrigue. And it's historical fiction! It's freaking awesome. Henry, his sister, and his best friend Percy are out on their "tour" of the continent. Henry just completed his schooling and as one last hurrah, he's allowed to go on a year long tour before he has to go back and start helping his father with the family estate, something he is absolutely dreading. Their barely on their way when Henry's antics at Versailles land them in a world of trouble. As if escaping from the party in nothing but his birthday suit wasn't bad enough, they are soon apprehended by highwaymen and it only gets worse from there. If they are going to survive Henry is going to have to cut back on drinking, stop sleeping around, and get his head out of his ass. The three young teenagers will need all their wits. Fun and unique. I'll have to check out the sequel!
  • (4/5)
    I laughed out loud several times during this book. So cheeky and fun! I’m not usual reader of historical fiction but this was a fun foray into the genre. Quick and easy, while a bit predictable, this book is an overall delightful adventure.
  • (5/5)
    There isn't much to say about this book, because everything about it sort of makes me go AHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Historical fiction! AHHHHH
    LGBTQ fiction! AHHHH
    Magical realism! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    Asshole characters! Sweetheart characters! Bad decisions! Badass decisions! "Unrequited" love! Adorable romance! Adventure! Pirates! Roadtrip! Independent female characters! Character development that makes you want to cry because of how proud you are!

    Really, there's nothing not to love about this book here. I HIGHLY recommend it, especially since historical lgbt is the best genre (in my humble opinion) and is super hard to find. This book definitely does not disappoint, and I'm sure I will be reading it again and again.
  • (4/5)
    Queer YA romance: Monty is taking the European Grand Tour with his friend Percy (whose mixed race means that others around them often mistake him for Monty’s servant) and his annoying sister who’s far more interested in the schooling forbidden to her than Monty ever was before he got kicked out of Eton for sodomy. Monty, straining against constraints imposed by his abusive father, impulsively steals a trinket from a room in Versailles and plunges them into a saga of highwaymen, alchemy, pirates, and privateers. It’s charming.
  • (5/5)
    A very enjoyable read. Set some time in the 1700's, Monty is a member of the aristocracy with a terrible father and a secret crush on his best friend, Percy. Percy has his own secrets and his own challenges - he is a biracial member of the aristocracy who faces racism. And Monty's sister Felicity is fiercely intelligent, but is kept from pursing higher education because of her gender. So what happens when the three go on a Grand Tour of Europe? Alot!
  • (4/5)
    Monty is born with seemingly endless good luck -- wealthy, privileged, charming, and handsome. He seems to be squandering his life away, so his parents offer him one last glimpse of freedom in the form of a European tour before demanding he buckle down to run the family estate. Accompanying him on this tour are his younger sister Felicity and his best friend Percy, for whom Monty is feeling something more than friendship. Early on in this trip across Europe, Monty pockets a seemingly small trifle from a nobleman at Versailles, and the trio soon finds themselves in the midst of a complex plot that could very well change the course of history!This book took a little bit of getting into for me. Monty is so decidedly self-adsorbed and careless in the beginning part of the book that I had difficulty being concerned about his issues. As the novel progressed, he did mature somewhat (gaining an inkling of looking from another person's point of view) and we also see more of his backstory, which makes him feel like a more three-dimensional character. Percy and Felicity were more interesting characters, and I am intrigued by the follow-up book to this title being focused on her.For the listener, Christian Coulson was an excellent narrator for the audiobook, giving so much life to each character through a diversity of accents, inflections, etc.
  • (4/5)
    Henry Montague is a ne'er do well who is in love with his best friend, Percy. His father beats him senseless periodically over his "affliction" for boys and his lack of responsibility. Before settling down into his father's business and the peerage, Henry is determined to have his Grand Tour of Europe with Percy. Along for good measure is his sister, Felicity. Between the 3 of them, they get into many adventures due to Monty stealing a puzzle box from the Duke of Bourbon of France, trying to return it to its rightful owner, get robbed by highwaymen, kidnapped by pirates and in general get themselves into quite the messes all while falling deeper in love and gaining some maturation.
  • (4/5)
    A young English rogue (Monty), his best friend (Percy, with whom he is desperately in love), and his prickly, too-smart-for-a-young-lady sister (Felicity) set out for their tour of the continent, intent on having a riot of a good year away from strict and abusive fathers and as-yet-still secret ailments. But one disastrous trip to a royal French party, which sees Monty streaking through the crowd after being caught in flagrante delicto and after stealing what seems to be a harmless little puzzle box, and then a run-in with some apparent-but-not-really bandits, has them separated from their tutor, penniless and on the run. While trying to solve the mystery of the box and its importance, they all learn tons about each other and themselves of course, and learn alternately to battle and befriend pirates along with their own fears and demons.The story of the puzzle box and the trouble it causes is okay, I suppose, but not fabulous. I was much more interested in the story of Monty (whom I didn't really care for at all until suddenly deciding that I did) and Percy (whom I adored from start to finish), which played out most satisfactorily and made me quite happy in the end.
  • (4/5)
    Another one with no star rating yet because I'm still letting it percolate. It's definitely more than three stars, but I'm not sure exactly how much more. Give me some time to live with this one and I'll get back to you.

    ETA 3/5/17: Okay. Four stars. Probably closer to four-and-a-half, but Goodreads doesn't offer that option. It's a fun romp with a great message (or several of them), but I'm hoping for a sequel about Felicity's adventures because she wasn't as well-developed as she could have been.
  • (3/5)
    Parts of this early 18th gay love story are great fun and parts are just so not 18th century it doesn't bear saying. The events and places seem pretty accurate other than the main story line and it's fantastical elements, but the people just are not from any 18th century. Silly, sad, and strange.
  • (3/5)
    Narrated by Christian Coulson. Seventeen-year-old Monty is hedonistic in mindset and lifestyle, loving boys, girls, parties and gin. His father sends him on a Grand Tour of Europe accompanied by a tutor in order to set Monty on a straighter path or risk getting cut off from the family. Also coming along are Monty's sister and his childhood friend and secret crush Percy. It turns out an item that Monty stole at a party from the Duke of Bourbon holds greater value than he realized; while on the tour he is pursued by soldiers. The stolen item may also be the key to curing Percy's epilepsy. Wild adventures and chases abound, climaxing with a truly grotesque scene in an underground tomb. Despite noticeable inhalations throughout the production, Coulson relishes the adventure and has Monty's shamelessly louche character down.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book about three young people's mis/adventures around Europe in the 18th century. It was a good mix of fun adventure, character relationships, and thoughtful reflections on how race, gender, sexuality, disability, and abuse affected the protagonists. The narrator takes a while to acquire a clue, but it's totally in character given his background. Would definitely recommend this to fans of historical fiction with diverse characters!
  • (4/5)
    this was definitely entertaining and I did find myself laughing at times. the adventure of it all was fun but I did find myself getting a little bored near the end. I'm not sure if I was in a weird mood or if the book was just a tad to long for me. regardless, I get all the praise and wholeheartedly enjoyed this book
  • (4/5)
    Utterly fucking charming.
  • (4/5)
    I love books that are different from anything I've read before and this one is definitely that. Henry Montague is the son of an abusive titled father, 18 years old, and up until today only interested in partying. Partying hard. He has an unrequited crush on Percy, the mixed race son of a family friend. They grew up together and Monty's feelings grew sexually though he was afraid to act on his feelings. Now Monty's dad has given him a last chance to grow up so that he can start learning how to manage their holdings. Monty is to go on Tour in Europe making connections to help him in business and accompany his sister, Felicity, to finishing school. Not exactly his idea of a good time. But Percy will be joining them along with a bear-leader.Things do not go as planned as a major discovery about Percy is revealed, Monty steals an item from a desk in Versailles which begins a chase around Europe.Things I love about this book is how Felicity has to hide medical texts she is studying in romance covers. I also love how Monty describes his feelings for Percy. It is a romance described as never before.
  • (5/5)
    Wow, wow, wow. This was SO good. It was not at all what I expected; or rather, it had even more than I expected. I expected a fun, funny, light romp. It was certainly funny and fun and a romp, but it is much more than that. It is a touching and sweet romance. It is a grand, picaresque adventure. It is top-notch historical fiction, in which you will learn about French politics, the Grand Tour, and alchemy in the 18th century. It is also a very serious exploration racism, child abuse, white privilege, and homophobia, and what being on the receiving end of any of those can do to a person's sense of self. Unexpected, right? It's a great book that is being marketed as pure fun, but it is a lot more than that.
  • (5/5)
    Henry "Monty" Montague is thrilled to be going on his very own Grand Tour of Europe - WITHOUT his father and WITH his best friend Percy (and also his little sister might be going but whatever). He plans to stay out all night, drink, chase after handsome men and women, and hopelessly pine for Percy. But Monty's wanten ways and lack of a filter have always gotten him in trouble at home and at school, and Europe is no exception. He makes one little mistake and now he's being by a French duke over half the continent! He'll need to use wiles he didn't know he had to get through this, and meanwhile discover who he is, what he wants from life, and possibly the biggest discovery of all - his sister might be cool?!? This book was cute and I liked it, but it's very similar to Gail Carriger books and I think those are slightly better. But this is the author's first novel! It was very fun to read and I look forward to more of her work.
  • (4/5)
    YA historical fiction set in the early 18th century and following Henry, a bisexual* young man on his Grand Tour. Along with him are his biracial best friend and his sister, Felicity, who he is meant to be dropping off at her finishing school. Henry has issues with his father, and loves his best friend Percy, though he can't bring himself to tell Percy that. Adventures ensue, involving highway men, mysterious puzzle boxes, alchemy, and pirates. This was a fun story which I enjoyed a lot (despite feeling like it was maybe a tad longer than it needed to be). I loved loved loved the way it dealt with privilege and prejudice and especially the question of how to help others while still honoring their choices and agency. Some nice stuff about gender expectations with Felicity as well. If I had any real issues with the book, it was that the tone was very much "young adult novel written in 2017," and while it was written very well, I had a hard time reconciling that with the setting, somehow.*Not really a concept that had arisen yet in the way we understand it today, but for ease of understanding here....
  • (4/5)
    This was fun, and I'd definitely been hankering for a YA historical queer romance. The protagonist was frequently too irritating for my taste, though his flaws made him stand out. I really liked the love interest and the protagonist's sister. The hijinks were outlandish but fun. Definitely an enjoyable romp, especially if you have an interest in self-absorbed pining protagonists :)
  • (4/5)
    The cover and the title of this book make it appear as a light, fluffy read -- something to consume and forget. And the book starts out with the main character waking up with a hangover after a night of debauchery. But, the story evolves to be much more. Yes, there's lots of fun and humor, but it's also a tale of love and sacrifice. And on top of that, there are pirates and highwaymen and sinking islands. Fun and memorable!
  • (5/5)
    Loved this story so much, I would recommend to anyone :D
    Percy and Monty have a special place in my heart. Have to read the second one ASAP.
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful, witty awesome book! Writing is amazing!!! Highly recommended
  • (5/5)
    This is my first audiobook and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. Exactly what I was looking for. A lighthearted, funny read that I absolutely devoured. I loved the main trio and their relationships with each other. Perfect summer read.
  • (4/5)
    I adore Monty and Percy with all my heart. A fun romp across Europe with a trio of likeable characters and ridiculous hijinks makes for a great read I could barely put down.
  • (5/5)
    Really incredible story. Before starting it I haven't imagined there will be so much adventures :D
  • (4/5)
    Laugh out loud funny, touching and an all round good insight into family and relationships.
  • (4/5)
    Really beautifully read, though I needed a more satisfying ending for Felicity.
  • (4/5)
    A whimsical story, makes for a good light easy to listen audiobook. Very well narrated
  • (5/5)
    So beautiful and just beautiful. Charming and must read
  • (5/5)
    to those who haven't read this book yet or seem to feel intimidated by it, PLEASE GET THE AUDIOBOOK. It's so good