The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue


The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

Publication Date: 06/27/2017
Themes: LGBT, Historical, Europe
Age: 13+ years old
Pages: 528 pages


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.



Advanced Praise for The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue! 

  • ☆ "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
  • "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) 
  • #1 IndieNext pick for summer 2017 (selected by independent booksellers around the country)
  • A Junior Library Guild selection


About the Author

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, Crixeo, The Friend, and The Newport Review, among others.  Her debut novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, is out now from HarperCollins. Her second book, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, a queer spin on the classic adventure novel, will be released in June of 2017.

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.

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