The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings Series #1)

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings Series #1)

by Mackenzi Lee

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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 LeeSimon 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! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062382825
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Montague Siblings Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 824
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really amazing! Honest conversations about gender, race, sexuality, and illness coupled with truly phenominal (if slightly drawn out) character growth, every fanfiction trope you've ever loved, and beautiful prose. Like I mentioned before, the character growth of the protagonist, Monty, is stretched to its breaking point, but Lee sticks the landing. While watching him make repeated mistakes can be difficult at times, it's the brutally-honest and rare arc I wish we saw in more books. The fact that she still leaves room for him to grow at the end of the novel makes it all the more realistic. Besides that, The Gentlemen's Guide is funny, modern, and exciting. This book will steal your heart, just as it did mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue—more like The Gentleman’s Guide to Breaking my Heart One Page at a Time by Mackenzi Lee. Given it might not be a catchy title as TGGTVV, but it be rather apt, and all true. With a cast like Monty, Percy, & Felicity, it really is not possible to not fall in love with this book. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue is filled with adventure, heart and resilience. Recently, I was having a conversation with a TGGTVV reader, she responded with something that read, “I’m loving it, it took a dark turn that I wasn’t expecting.” It got me thinking on the journey, and the story, and my expectations and the delivery, and until I’m sat here writing this review…it hit me. This story is different to what I was expecting, but in the ways that make this story so successful, that makes it one of the best reads I had this year. See, TGGTVV isn’t merely about a Grant Tour, it isn’t about Monty and his antics. Rather it talks about how privileged Monty is in someways. I want to point out that there is TW for parental abuse, racial slurs, homophobia and biphobia, epilepsy, abelism, and if I’m missing anything let me know. All of this is unpacked within the novel, and I’m living for the days book unpack all the problematic things in reality. See before when an author wrote homophobia it wouldn’t be unpacked, it wouldn’t get called out within the text, it would just be a thing that happened, because “that’s real life,” because that’s not what the author believes, but what the character believes like what kind of BS. No, TGGTVV unpacks a lot of the privileged way that Monty thinks—in respect of Percy, and Felicity, in women, in the world. I wish I could touch up on everything, but I just want everyone to read it and fall in love with the story and it’s characters. I can say with 100 % certainty that I love Percy, Monty & Felicity. That throughout the book I was in 110% in, rooting for them all, in a wild ride that I almost didn’t want to end. Percy and Monty are basically ship goals (I’m trying not to make ship puns here, guy!) This are two are the epitome of Tumblr Post OTP #1 of those two are so in love that everyone knows it except them two. I love the slow burn. GIVE ME THE SLOW BURN, I say. I love how in love Monty is, and it’s like ….sooooo……goood. Monty is hilarious, and boy, would I be friends with him just go get into the trouble he always finds himself in. AND PERCY MY CINNAMON, TOO PURE FOR THIS WORLD. What else can I say, but if anyone or anything hurts him I WILL go all Taken-on-their-butt? AND FREAKING FELICITY. Can I get a-women? This girl one hell of a badass. She’s the bookworm all of us are? Ready to kick butt, and save everyone. And she doesn’t put up with Monty’s shenanigans. Also. P I R A T E S. Hell to the yes. Hell to the yes on all of this. HELL TO THE YES GO BUY THIS BOOK. now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was recommended to me by my cousin, and i absolutely love the characters and the mayhem they get into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henry is a mess. Not perfect. Not always smart....but still always lovable.
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PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is jammed packed with action and adventure ! I can’t believe I waited this long to read it and I am going to start the next book right now!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun adventure. Monty was the main character and narrator. He made so many bad decisions, but they were made out of love. I kept wanting to shout at him “Don’t do that!” but it would have stopped the story pretty quickly if he had made safer decisions. I love the diversity in the story. Monty is bisexual and in love with his mixed race, male best friend. Felicity is an intelligent young girl who wants to study medicine rather than go to finishing school. Percy is mixed race and he lives with a chronic illness. I loved this diverse cast, especially set in eighteenth century Europe. This is a great book! I can’t wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amusing romp. I could not put it down. Looking forward to her next book! ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly didn't know what I was going to get when I picked to this book but I love it. It had a little bit of everything and it was so damn delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
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BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
This book was adorable and fun and full of so many shippable (and just straight up ship) moments. I don't think I've ever connected with a ship as fast as I did with Monty and Percy, and this was just a fun, entertaining read that goes on a wild ride. Lee definitely makes a name for her with her writing right off the bat. We're introduced to fun characters, interesting plots, and just plain interesting writing from the get-go. Even before the first part of the audiobook had finished, I already knew this was easily going to be a four or five crown book. Lee just has a fantastic ease and lightness to her writing that makes everything seem so interesting and just eagerly fun (I don't think that's even a thing but shhhhh let's just go with it). The characters were lovable as well. Okay, Monty took a longgggggggggg time for his redemption arc, and I did get frustrated by him a LOT, but I still feel like he had a good heart to him. I always did want to root for him...although I rooted for my darling love, Percy. OMIGOSH, I LOVE ME SOME PERCY. He's just so much love, and I can't get over all the feels and love that I have for him. Him and his fiddle have my book heart. Felicity was great as well, and her determination, wit, and strength were fantastic. Can't wait to see where her book takes us. All of the other side characters that popped up were truly fun and great additions as well. The shipppppppppppppppppp. Okay, the moment we met these two, I was solddddd. They were just so cute and adorable and the feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels. I just wanted to smush them together and have them call it a day at Happily Ever Land. Maybe Percy did deserve a little bit better because Monty did cause him a lot of heartbreak, but they just both learned and loved together in such a wonderfully adorable, lovable way. JUST FEELS. AND MORE FEELS. AND LOTS OF FEELS. The plot was super interesting as well. I had no clue where it was going but it still delivered some unique and cool moments. I liked where we swerved in different parts, and it definitely took a different direction than what I originally thought we were going. However, I did feel like it was a little too drawn out. Each time I thought the story should be ending, we ended up somewhere else with something else going on. I honestly felt like some things could have been cut to make it a bit more concise and not having me thinking it was going to end at like five different parts. Overall, this was such a fun, cool adventure. Not only was I forever entertained but I found just one of the cutest ships in YA history. I loved the characters and the transformations that they took. I did have a few gripes with it, but overall, it provided a lot of entertainment and feels. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. I haven’t read a historical book in a while, and it was just what I needed. The narrator was fantastic. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars! Just a forewarning, there are some things such as abuse and homophobia in this book, so take care while reading. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, and I have to agree. It was interesting, witty, funny at parts, and had adventure with a side of trouble. You’re in for an entertaining read with this book, that’s for sure. I’m not sure I really connected with the main character on a personal level, but I liked him for the most part. I really adored Percy and Felicity though, especially Percy. I was either smiling, laughing, or sitting on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book. I also speculated on what was going to happen next. I got some of it right, and some of it wrong. Overall, I highly recommend this book (especially the audio version, if that’s your kind of thing). I can’t wait for the next book to come out this year!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This book was so different than what I expected, it was full of adventures, friendships, fun, exciting and romantic moments.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
I am sort of torn about this book. The story line was a bit forced and there were many over the top character situations that had no flow and didn’t seem to connect if that makes sense. I did truly love Monty and Percy though and the ending though again a bit forced was still fantastic and satisfying. I would also like to note that this series contained possibly my most favorite pirates. So in the end I am giving this one 4 stars. I do recommend reading it for the witty banter and the reminder of what we have overcome as far as rights for minorities, LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and women. As well as a reminder for the many obstacles that still need to be overcome. Below are a couple of my favorite Henry Montague moments. “They can hardly be blamed. I’d fall in love with me, if I met me.” “Perhaps I am trying to procreate with all the lads and I’m just very misinformed about the whole process. If only Eton hadn’t thrown me out.” “We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it at most” My very favorite quote is the bit at the end, but I am not going to add that here for obvious reasons.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wondered if an eighteenth-century road trip novel starring a bisexual teenage boy rummaging through Europe with his best friend and sister would be any good, THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE answers with a resounding YES. The aforementioned Monty, Percy, and Felicity are three of the most engaging characters I've ever encountered, and the novel that they star in is simply one of the best adventure novels I have ever read. Filled to the brim with mayhem, chaos, and lots and lots of laughs, Mackenzi Lee's sophomore novel is not to be missed. See more reviews at my blog!
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EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
There are some books you know you're going to love before you've finished the first chapter, and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE was one of those books for me. 50% quest-based road trip through mid 19th century Europe, 30% unbearably sweet love story between the protagonist, Monty, and his best friend Percy, and 20% coming of age narrative--or just coming into your own--and 100% delightful from start to finish. Throw in Monty's younger sister, an aspiring doctor who's far more badass than he is, a dash of magic, and lots of thoughtful exploration of racial politics and sexuality for good measure, and you've got a story that I haven't stopped thinking about since I finished it last week. I'll definitely have to check out the author's other books after this, because she's got talent.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
It has a wonderfully fun and engaging voice with very loveable characters. The story itself bored me a little, and I found myself skimming a few parts. If you're interested, I do recommend it. It just didn't completely steal my heart in every way.
KivoxEnder More than 1 year ago
After sitting on this book for a while after reading it. I decided to upgrade my review to a 4.5 out of 5. Action-packed, adventurous, fun and funny read. There was even a small magical element to this book. I feel like this book had pretty good character development. I really enjoyed the two main characters Monty and Percy. The romance was cute but not too over the top. Even though Monty is a very flirtatious, party-goer, over the top, drinker....he's super fun and hilarious at times. I literally found myself laughing out loud. I would definitely read this book again in the future and recommend it for a fun and fast read.
Colwellallison More than 1 year ago
If I'm being honest, the only reason I picked up this book was because of the cover art, but I was pleasantly surprised when I began to read it! The characters are defined beautifully, and it easy to lose myself in their story. Monty, Percy, and Felicity make quite a crew as they travel across Europe on Tour and find themselves in a bit of bad luck. This book does it all - It has adventure, longing, heartbreak, friendship, defiance, fear, heroism, disability, p.o.c, a strong female character, and a bisexual Lord pining for his best friend. It has everything. It's brilliantly funny. At times I found myself laughing out loud while reading. Monty's narration is raw and relateable amidst his royal standing, and you find yourself rooting both for and against him at times. This book is the romantic historical fiction adventure you never knew you needed in your life... but you do!
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer and it did not disappoint. The story alone intrigued me, as I love Europe and I have traveled there twice. BUT what made it even better was the LGBT theme (Monty and Percy) and then a badass female character in the form of Monty's sister, Felicity (who is getting her own book!! ahh!!). The banter in this book was witty and Monty was just so sarcastic all the time it was hilarious. I can't explain enough how much I loved the chemistry between Monty, Percy and Felicity and how well they worked together as main characters. It felt like another HP trio to me because they were so fantastic! YOU WON'T REGRET PICKING UP A COPY OF THIS FANTASTIC NOVEL!
Novel_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
After hearing so much about GGTVAV and reading so many great reviews for it, I was definitely pulled onto the hype train. Luckily, the hype didn't fail me and I ended up loving like everyone else! Monty doesn't make the best decisions (some of them had me rolling my eyes a bit), but thankfully he had Felicity and Percy by his side to keep him straight and help him out. I honestly don't think Monty would've made it very far without those two. He's also a bit conceited, but also super charming which makes it hard not to like him! Felicity is the voice of reason and even stronger than Monty when it comes to certain things. Percy is just a wonderful character in general. He faces a lot of struggles such as racism and ableism but he stands up for himself. He's also always there to support Monty. Talking about Percy and Monty, the romance between them is just adorable. I shipped them so hard throughout the entire book. While GGTVAV is a historical fiction novel, it definitely has a lot of contemporary romance aspects. While I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, I did enjoy the plot of this novel. It was a bit overboard at times (like the whole pirate and sinking island thing), but it was a really fast, engaging read despite being 500+ pages. Overall, I definitely recommend this to people looking for a fun romance novel!
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
I was really hesitant about this book when I got it initially. But I went to a signing with MacKenzi Lee and the more she talked about the book and her writing process the more intrigued I became. The idea of reading about two friends and a sister on a journey around Europe in the 18th century is not at all appealing to me. But this book is so much more than that. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is about two best friends coming to terms with their feelings for each other, a sister figuring out how she is going to live her life, throw in a bunch of drunken endeavors, some streaking, and pirates and you have this fantastic book. I was never bored reading this book, between Monty's antics and the adventure of the tour there was always something moving the plot along. Mackenzi Lee did a fantastic job adding her own spin to the Grand Tours of the 18th century. From the signing, I know she spent a lot of time researching and reading journals from English adolescents during their Tours and she used this information to augment the adventure Monty, Percy, and Felicity embark on. Our trio of characters are fantastically well written and each are so unique but also work so well together even when they are fighting. While this is definitely Monty's story, Percy and Felicity still play a large role throughout the book and it was so easy to fall in love with these characters and want them happy at the end. There were times when I wanted to slap Percy or Monty across the head for some of the stupid choices they were making, and let me be honest, I'm mostly talking about Monty because that boy can be absolutely ridiculous sometimes. I also appreciated how his character grew throughout the book, but he was still very much him at the end too. I'm sure the genre of Historical Fiction will turn many away from this book, but hopefully the cover and the summary will help reluctant readers pick it up and fall in love with this characters like I did. I cannot wait to read Felicity's story next in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Hopefully we see more Percy and Monty in there too, but also more pirates!
Carrie93HP More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the funniest books I have read of all time. I have been anticipating this book for six months and as soon as I received it I got so excited. This book takes place in the 18th century. Our main character Henry "Monty" Montague was raised to be a gentleman but he is a far cry from even being close to this. He would rather go out gambling, get drunk, and sleep around with anyone that he can. He embarks on a grand tour of Europe in an attempt to have all the fun he possibly can before he has to help his father with the family estate. His father is greatly against Monty's lifestyle and is forcing Monty to start behaving himself or he will lose his inheritance. Monty take his childhood best friend, Percy on the journey, who he helplessly loves and adores. Also he has his sister too. Their trip goes off track after they find a mysterious object that leads them from Paris to Venice in a manhunt, fighting highwaymen, pirates, and forbidden feelings for each other. This book is hilarious and had me laughing so loudly I loved the characters in this story and just could not get enough of them. Monty is so bad in this story and does so many stupid things but I could not help but love him. The romance was adorable. His sister, Felicity was an amazing female character that held strong in a world of the past. After reading the book I found out there is going to be a sequel next year with her as the lead. I will 100% be picking up that book. Overall this is one of the best books that I read this year and held up to my high expectations for it. Also the cover and book are stunning. The map is awesome. All I can say is read it. But be prepared for cuteness, some inappropriate behavior, butt-kicking characters, and one of the best historical fiction novels. At least to me.