Sunday, June 16, 2019

Book Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

                                  The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Review
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is about a teenage boy named Henry "Monty" Montague who is a son of a lord in the 1700s who is known to be a troublemaker because of his fondness for drinking, gambling and fooling around with both girls and boys. Monty is to spend the next couple months touring Europe with his best friend Percy(a biracial boy who is being raised by his well respected/wealthy relatives) who Monty is secretly in love with as well as his sister Felicity who wants to study medicine one day even though society discourages it. The touring is going to be last chance that Monty will be able to have freedom from his father and to spend time with Percy for quite sometime so Monty is seeing the tour as his last chance at happiness which leads to him being upset when his father hires someone to look after him on the tour.

After only a short while on tour Monty feels insulted by the former prime minister of France so while he's in his office he ends up stealing a box from him which ends up leading to dangerous people chasing after the group in order to get the box back. Monty, Percy and Felicity end up on their own for sometime and after discovering that the box was stolen and that it has a cure for all illnesses locked inside of it the group has to decide whether or not they should bring the box back to its rightful owner's. Monty after discovering that Percy is suffering from Epilepsy and is being forced into an asylum because of it decides that they have to bring the box back to its rightful owners because he's hoping that they will have a way to make Percy well again which would mean that he won't have to loose him in the near future.

This book is great it takes a lot of turns I wasn't expecting in its plot and it has really interesting characters who are all struggling to fit into the 1700s European expectations of them which makes them all the more interesting and outsiders in their own ways. I really loved seeing the characters grow over the course of the book and began to understand each other more as the story goes which leads to them becoming closer. I really loved how the characters grew to accept themselves more despite society's expectations of them by the end of the book. I really loved the relationship between Monty and Percy and was pleasantly surprised about how their relationship turned out in the end. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

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