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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice And Virtue Review
Henry “Monty” Montague and his best friend and long time crush, Percy, are about to embark on the 18th century equivalent of a gap year. In the peak of his youth, Monty wants to run away from his disapproving father and drink, party, have sex with beautiful people – women and men (but most preferably, Percy). Monty and Percy take this gap year as a chance to do all the above, but of course, things don’t go as they planned.
“It’s beginning to feel like he’s shuffling his way through the seven deadly sins, in ascending order of my favourites.”
I loved this book so much! I’ve been looking for something fun and ridiculous and different and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue absolutely killed it. The audiobook was especially fantastic, Christian Coulson doing a fantastic job with characterisation and all the different accents. Monty had the kind of personality that could easily get annoying, but Lee’s writing along with Coulson’s narration made him so incredibly lovable and funny.
I often find ‘drama for the sake of drama’ in a lot of YA novels, but The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue does drama right. It isn’t too outlandish, or too nonsensical. On a high level, the plot is pretty original with some twists and turns. I really appreciated that the story progressed on based on Monty and Percy’s personal agendas and this level of depth had me deeply engrossed in the story. I was so in love with these two boys and found myself wanting them to just be happy!
This book is jam packed full of shenanigans and witty remarks, but neither are too cheesy or overdone. Each and every character felt complete, with outstanding personalities which were all perfectly distinct and complimented each other so nicely. Monty was the party kid, Percy was the quiet kid and Felicity was the responsible kid. Monty is exceptionally naive, but stays true to his character throughout the entire novel and makes him so cute and lovely and endearing, even though you know he’s that ‘bad boy’.
“We’re not courting trouble,” I say. “Flirting with it, at most.”
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a damn good time. I finished the audiobook in a day and I find myself longing for it still!
I’d love some recommendations for more fun books like this – I’ve never read anything quite like it! Drop me a comment with some suggestions 🙂