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.
Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry "Monty" Montague and his best friend Percy find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062382825
0062382829
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (513 pages) : illustration

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JCLAyahA Apr 24, 2018

I decided to check out this book when I saw the "...boyish dimples so deep you could pour tea into them." A phrase like that is more than cute; it tell me that the writer is in love with what she's doing. I'll admit my expectations for first person YA novels are not usually high, but I wasn't disappointed. The protagonist doesn't appeal himself to the millennial sensibility, but he loves people that you'll love, and he grows over the course of the story. The setting was believable, although some of the myths in the plot line became a little too concrete for my liking towards the end. It's not completely unconvincing, but you will have to buy into a thing or two to appreciate the climax. The character's choices and personalities are very convincing and relevant, and since I tend to judge a book by its characters, I have to say I really liked this one! I look forward to reading more by this author.

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hannmsha
Apr 17, 2018

I went into this with high expectations. How could I not? I've genuinely seen only good things plastered all over goodreads. Surprise, surprise, my high expectations led to disappointment.

I thought I was going to love the characters. I've seen so many people gush about Monty. I've seen plenty of Percy and Felicity gushing as well. But none of them did it for me. Especially not Monty. I've read enough books that really pull off 1st person perspective to not be put off by it at first anymore. I really thought that Monty's perspective was going to be a good one, and I was going to fall for his character. But it really did nothing for me. Percy did very little for me, and I appreciated Felicity's character but in the end, they all seemed terribly contrived and relatively one-dimensional. Ugh. I wanted to like them, I really did!!

Monty and Percy's relationship had it's nice, cute moments. But overall... mildly disappointing. I expected a lot more. If I had loved the characters it definitely would have done more for me, but even then I think I would feel put out.

Outside of me not digging the 1st person, I wasn't a fan of the writing. I'm not mad about it, but it really could have been better. The plot started off strong but really went downhill. It got so ridiculous that I could barely stand it.

If you were one of the many who was able to really enjoy this book, all power to ya!!

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rtrammell
Feb 06, 2018

This was a beautiful, moving, and adventurous book that kept me entertained the whole time. I'd definitely recommend it to YA readers.

JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

This seems wildly popular and very well reviewed by the critics so I'll try not to rain on the parade, but it didn't appeal to me as much as everyone else. It's not really my style, and I was far more annoyed than charmed by the protagonist ("From the start, readers will be drawn in by Monty's charm" - School Library Journal). I found it good, but not great.

OatmealThunder Dec 27, 2017

If you've found yourself thinking, "I do so wish there were a period piece about a gentlemanly scamp romping about Europe that included parties, thievery, pirates, and a touch of romance," well, do I have good news for you.

KateHillier Nov 23, 2017

I've really needed something lighthearted and fun recently and this really fit the bill. There are moments of gravity and serious themes here but it was a blast to read.

18 year old Henry Montague loves drinking, partying, fornicating (with both men and women). In a last ditch attempt to get some of these hobbies out of his system (especially his marked preference for male company despite his doting on the fairer sex) he is sent on his Grand Tour with his sister, Felicity, and best friend, Percy. Percy whom he may have a deep crush on.

Henry is hoping to party and have fun with Percy before he attempts to get his act together and go be lord of the estate on pain of banishment from the family. What he gets is adventure, debauchery, romance, pirates, near death situations, and a host of other encounters that make Henry realise both his priorities and his value.

The characters are awesome. The prose is snappy and engaging - the dialogue is sparkling - and the hits keep on coming. The pages fly by and I deeply wish for more from these characters - and I hear that that is a thing!

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good time.

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BogartBlue23
Nov 10, 2017

An informative yet entertaining depiction of a tour with a diverse cast and eerie magic. Recommended to fans of historical fiction. LGBTQIA+ friendly.

AL_SUSANW Nov 07, 2017

One trend in YA lit is historical fiction and the "Gentleman's Guide" fits the bill set in the 18th century but with a twist. The main character, Monty, is bi sexual but mostly gay, crushing on long time family friend Percy. When to two embark on a World Tour, a last fling before their adult responsibilities are forced upon them, you can be sure it will be an epic journey.Yet another YA book that transcends the genre "The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue" is a real winner!

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Inner_Typewriter
Oct 26, 2017

I loved this novel. The Gentleman's Guide is a rollicking page turner I couldn't put down. The road trip across Europe is full of great characters and lots of laughs. I sure hope Monty, Percy, and Felicity live happily ever after. (Highest rating).

AL_TIEGAN Oct 10, 2017

The characters in this novel are absolutely wonderful! Monty is fantastically flawed, Percy is steadfastly loyal, and Felicity is defiantly medically inclined. The trio goes out to Tour the Continent before having to settle into the different roles in their lives, but things go horribly wrong, as they tend to do around Monty. Rather than taking the full Tour as scheduled, full of art and symphonies and hob-nobbing, the trio is thrown off course after an encounter with highwaymen looking for a box Monty stole from the Duke of Bourbon. This leads them on a trail to encounter an apothecary, an alchemist, a secretive brother and sister, pirates, and a sinking tomb. A great tale of daring adventure, intrigue, love, and family.

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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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