It took me a bit of self-convincing to read this book as I don’t read young-adult much anymore, but let me say this – I’m glad that I did. It was a little wild, a little unexpected, and a complete breath of fresh air.
What begins as a typical coming-of-age story for our college dropout protagonist, Henry “Monty” Montage, as he tours 1700s Europe, consistently keeps the reader hooked as the story curves and transfigures itself into an action-packed adventure novel. The result is a hybrid of what I always imagined Oscar Wilde’s personality to be, mixed in with the bustle and excitement of an Indiana Jones film. Coupled with meaningful themes and diverse characters, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the young adult historical fiction novel that provided me a fun and light-hearted read as I entered 2019.