The books exquisite, bygone meter and vernacular sit comfortably on a contemporary shelf. And the friction of racism, tyrannical entitled politicians, and misguided disapproval of homosexuality also have a relevance rooted in current cultures xeno- and homophobia. Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways, this is a gleeful romp through history. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde. Booklist (starred review) This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering ones place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection. School Library Journal (starred review) A gloriously swashbuckling affair. Publishers Weekly (starred review) Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) combines her knowledge of European history with a contemporary, comic sensibility to create an over-the-top romantic adventure complete with cliff-hanging chapter endings and sometimes outrageous narration. Monty is a licentious, flawed and engaging 18th-century hero. Shelf Awareness (starred review) Monty is pitch-perfect as a yearning, self-destructive, oblivious jerk of a hero who inspires equal parts sympathy, frustration, and adoration from reader. A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one. The Horn Book If youve ever mentally shouted NOW KISS at a pair of fictional male best friends, this is the book for you. NPR Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue is the queer teen historical you didnt know was missing from your life. (Best Queer Books to Celebrate Pride 2017) Teen Vogue A rollicking ride that also turns a keen eye to issues like class, racism, homosexuality, and identity. Brightly Careening from fete to fiasco on a Grand Tour of 18th century Europe, THE GENTLEMENS GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is a dizzying, dazzling, and roguishly romantic romp. This book makes me want to unrequite my own love so I can requite him all over again. Heidi Heilig, author of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE Dont read this book unless you like adventure, hijinks, and forbidden romance, and if you do, then read it twice. Stacey Lee, author of THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE and UNDER A PAINTED SKY An outrageously fun, witty, fascinating, and romantic adventure, starring a memorable trio Id happily travel with for ages. Lee is a definite force in diverse historical YA. Dahlia Adler, founder of LGBTQ Reads and author of UNDER THE LIGHTS The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue is a Grand Tour all its own. Hilarious and romantic, adventurous and scandalous, Montys adventures are just as delightful as Monty himself. I adored this book! Rachel Hawkins, author of the Rebel Belle series Sweet, smart, and powerful, Gentlemans Guide tackles timely topics that will resonate profoundly with readers--all wrapped up in a truly epic road trip. Prepare to laugh, gasp, swoon, and cheer. Claire Legrand, author of the Winterspell series A delightful romp of a road-trip through eighteenth century Europe, packed with witty dialog, razor-sharp pacing, and the perfect amount of swoon. You should abso-bloody-lutely read this book. Erin Bowman, author of VENGEANCE ROAD Vice has never been more charming and virtue never more daring than in Mackenzie Lees superbly written globetrotting adventure. Not since Hamilton the musical has the 18th century been this much fun. Amy Cherrix, Malaprop's Bookstore An incomparably delightful historical romp. I was swept away by Montys incorrigible voice from the very first page, and the rest of this confident adventure tale did not disappoint. Lees sophomore novel has heart, depth, and an abundance of wisecracks from a protagonist you cant
Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Atlas Obscura, the Boston Globe, Crixeo, and the Newport Review, among others. Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing, won the PEN New EnglandSusan P. Bloom Childrens Book Discovery Award. Her second book, The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue, was a New York Times bestseller and an ABA bestseller, earned five starred reviews, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and received a 2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor and a New England Book Award. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Salt Lake City home.