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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue



by
Mackenzi Lee

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780062382801

Awards and Honors
2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction - 2018
Rainbow List Choice - 2018
MSL Cream of the Crop - 2018
Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, Top 10
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Romance Fiction
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year, Teen Books
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Older Readers
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
BooklistTop 10 Books of 2018, Historical Fiction for Youth
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Strong Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Crime: General, Discrimination: Disability
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Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Strong Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Crime: General, Discrimination: Disability

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

528

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.8: points 17

Lexile

900L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

25

JLG Release

Oct 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Historical fantasy. Queerness. Romance. Mental illness. Family. Friendship. Quests.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Eighteen-year-old Monty, spoiled heir to a wealthy estate in eighteenth-century Britain, embarks on a year-long “Tour” of Europe, after which he will settle unhappily into respectable life. One social offense and an antiquities theft later, Monty and his companions (prickly little sister Felicity and lifelong best friend Percy, with whom Monty is hopelessly in love) are on the run from a power-hungry duke. When Monty discovers that Percy—whose social status as the mixedrace nephew of a wealthy landowner is already precarious—suffers from epilepsy and will be permanently committed to a sanitarium upon their return, Monty is determined to retrieve the alchemical panacea that his stolen artifact supposedly unlocks. Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance ensue. Lee’s attention to issues of privilege in this setting, and the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender as embodied by the three travelers (and the compelling secondary characters who populate their travels, including a formerly enslaved crew of so-called pirates who have been denied the papers they need to conduct legal seafaring business) add dimension to the journey. At the center of all this, Monty is pitch-perfect as a yearning, self-destructive, oblivious jerk of a hero who inspires equal parts sympathy, frustration, and adoration from readers— as well as from Percy himself. A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the most gleeful way. claire e. gross

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Eighteen-year-old Monty, spoiled heir to a wealthy estate in eighteenth-century Britain, embarks on a year-long “Tour” of Europe, after which he will settle unhappily into respectable life. One social offense and an antiquities theft later, Monty and his companions (prickly little sister Felicity and lifelong best friend Percy, with whom Monty is hopelessly in love) are on the run from a power-hungry duke. When Monty discovers that Percy—whose social status as the mixedrace nephew of a wealthy landowner is already precarious—suffers from epilepsy and will be permanently committed to a sanitarium upon their return, Monty is determined to retrieve the alchemical panacea that his stolen artifact supposedly unlocks. Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance ensue. Lee’s attention to issues of privilege in this setting, and the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender as embodied by the three travelers (and the compelling secondary characters who populate their travels, including a formerly enslaved crew of so-called pirates who have been denied the papers they need to conduct legal seafaring business) add dimension to the journey. At the center of all this, Monty is pitch-perfect as a yearning, self-destructive, oblivious jerk of a hero who inspires equal parts sympathy, frustration, and adoration from readers— as well as from Percy himself. A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the most gleeful way. claire e. gross

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