Here are some random quotes from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue:

 

“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”

 

“It’s beginning to feel like he’s shuffling his way through the seven deadly sins, in ascending order of my favourites.” 

 

“Love may be a grand thing, but goddamn if it doesn’t take up more than its fair share of space inside a man.”

 

“I have lived most of my life as a devotee of the philosophy that a man should not see two sevens in one day,” 

 

 

In fact, there were so many things in this book that made me bust out laughing, I could never list them all. You are really going to have to take my word for it that you will LOVE THIS BOOK. Here’s a quick synopsis:

 

 

Henry “Monty” Montague is an English Lord who consistently disappoints his father and has one year left before he has to buckle down and Be An Adult. His numerous and many sins include drinking, gambling, fornication (with girls and boys) and generally not living up to his potential. That last year will be spent on a Grand Tour of Europe with his annoying little sister Felicity and his best friend Percy, who he is secretly in love with. On the bright side, they will go to Paris, Rome, and many other places to satisfy all of Monty’s hedonistic desires, but on the dark side, they will be chaperoned by a serious stick in the mud whose entire job is to be sure that no one has any fun.

 

 

Monty vows to make his last year of freedom a great one, but when his terrible decisions and behavior put them in danger, he has to grow up way faster than he expects.

 

 

Here’s the real synopsis: um, there are PIRATES AND ALCHEMY AND YOU GUYS… TRUE LOVE!!!!!!! This book is pure fun and it is hilarious and I loved every page. It is a classic adventure story with modern problems set in the eighteenth century. Monty, Percy and Felicity are wonderful and charming and I loved them all. You will root for them and love them, or you are more dead inside than me (not possible) so my advice for the summer is to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, put aside all preconceived notions, and enjoy the hell out of it.

 

 

P.S. the audio version is fantastic. I am not sure if I would have fallen quite as far, quite as fast, for Monty if his voice was not so perfectly performed by Christian Coulson. Seriously A+ narration.

 

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Grade A