The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Montague Siblings #1
author : mackenzi lee
pages : [hardcover] 513
favorite character : monty
memorable quote :
God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.
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.
Maybe I should have saved this read for 20-bi-teen, because next year I’m determined to fill my reading goals with excellent bisexual representation, but I finally bought this one and I couldn’t resist. I think I held out for a week because I decided to just read the first chapter and instead read the entire book in 3 days. And what a glorious weekend it was.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is amazing. I want to whisper sweet nothings to it but Monty, the main character, would probably be better at that. He’s the kind of bi mess I’ve literally been waiting for. I’ve done my waiting, in Azkaban, and this beautiful book is my reward.
As with so many books lately I went into this knowing next to nothing, just the way I like it. I knew it was historical fiction. I lived on the promise of good rep. My friend told me that she loved this book and I decided to trust her. The moral of both my story and Monty’s is to trust your friends, sometimes.
I mean, sure. Did Monty give me secondhand anxiety? Yes. Were there times I just wanted to grab his shoulders and shake some sense into him? Absolutely. Did I shriek at some parts of the story and probably make my family ever regret knowing me? Of course! See, on top of the disasters that extend from Monty, there’s an adventure and a half going on that puts everyone’s lives and reputations on the line.
Most of the time I had the feeling that these people would rather die than lose their reputations. (Cue the Hermione voice: “Or worse . . . Expelled.)
But I couldn’t get enough of it. These are characters that make you love them while you also want to shove them together and force them to behave. It’s funny but also sort of makes you want to cry. Monty is easily one of my favorite characters now–and if you give him a chance I’m still he’ll be one of yours.
Me when I started this book:
aka: I worry that the rep will be disappointing, quickly see that I had nothing to worry about, and then Monty does so many things that make me feel secondhand anxiety
Me when the book ended:
aka: we all need to learn a little from Monty’s story and also I loved him so much I wasn’t ready for it to be over
My feelings about Monty:
aka: if anything happens to him they’ll have to get through me first