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Novel Society: Adults Read Teen Lit
We'll be discussing the The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee--Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.
Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty's reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
Society members will receive a 20% discount on titles chosen for discussion and ocassional access to pre-publication previews of new books from well-known as well as up-and-coming authors. Other surprises may also be in store – remember, this is Hicklebee’s…
Novel Society facilitator, Renee Ting was the President and Publisher of Shen’s Books, a small press specializing in multicultural children’s literature. As a publisher, she has been reading, evaluating, producing, and marketing children’s content for over ten years. Prior to heading Shen’s Books, Renee worked at several children’s book and music stores, including Linden Tree and Storyopolis. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a BA in music, and is the author of The Prince’s Diary.
A hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel, named one of summer's 20 must-read books by Entertainment Weekly.
☆ "Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon." (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
☆ "Witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart...a stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection." (School Library Journal, Starred Review)
☆ "Tongue in cheek, wildly engaging...a gleeful romp through history." (Booklist, Starred Review)
☆ "It’s a gloriously swashbuckling affair....sure to leave readers happily starry-eyed." (Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review)
☆ "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)
"Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance...A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the most gleeful way." (Horn Book Magazine)
"Confidently dispels any stereotypes one might have of historical fiction as stuffy and dry. Mackenzi Lee's prose crackles with wit, playful description and social relevance." (Chicago Tribune)
“Equal parts rollicking adventure, sweet love story, and tender coming-of-age tale.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"The queer teen historical you didn't know was missing from your life." (Teen Vogue)
“The most purely fun book I’ve encountered in ages.” (VOX)
"An exciting, historical YA...adventure and swooning abound in this epic." (Paste Magazine, named one of the best YA books of 2017)
#1 IndieNext pick for summer 2017 (selected by independent booksellers around the country)
A Junior Library Guild selection