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.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
Finalist for the 2017 Audible Best Audiobook of the Year
An Audiofile Magazine Best Audiobook of 2017
Praise for The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue!
A New York Times Bestseller!
An ABA Indie Bookstore Bestseller!
Winner of the New England Book Award
Awarded a Seal of Excellence by RT Book Reviews
Named one of the best books of 2017 by Publisher's Weekly
Named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews
Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR Books
Finalist in the Best YA Fiction category in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Named one of the best books of 2017 by Amazon
Named one of the Best BOoks OF the year for TeenS by the New York Public Library
A Barnes and Noble Best Book of the YeaR
Named one of the best books of the year by The Chicago public Library
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Best Books for Youth of 2017
☆ "Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon." (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
☆ "Witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart...a stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection." (School Library Journal, Starred Review)
☆ "Tongue in cheek, wildly engaging...a gleeful romp through history." (Booklist, Starred Review)
☆ "It’s a gloriously swashbuckling affair....sure to leave readers happily starry-eyed." (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)
☆ "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
"Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance...A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the most gleeful way." (Horn Book Magazine)
"If you've ever mentally shouted "NOW KISS" at a pair of fictional male best friends, this is the book for you." -NPR
"Confidently dispels any stereotypes one might have of historical fiction as stuffy and dry. Mackenzi Lee's prose crackles with wit, playful description and social relevance." (Chicago Tribune)
“Equal parts rollicking adventure, sweet love story, and tender coming-of-age tale.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"The queer teen historical you didn't know was missing from your life." (Teen Vogue)
“The most purely fun book I’ve encountered in ages.” (VOX)
"An exciting, historical YA...adventure and swooning abound in this epic." (Paste Magazine, named one of the best YA books of 2017)
#1 IndieNext pick for summer 2017 (selected by independent booksellers around the country)