It’s Saturday, and you know what that means, it is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! today it is all about an incredibly hyped book that I have been wanting to read ever since it first came out and that book is The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Let’s do this!
Urgh, I am conflicted. I don’t know how I feel about this book. I have been wanting to read it ever since it first came out in 2017, I had just heard nothing but good things about it, but now that I have finally read it, I have to be 100% honest and say that I think it is over hypes…
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. Not by any means. In fact, I did find it fairly enjoyable. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it. I just had some very mixed feelings about it. I don’t even know what it was exactly that I didn’t like about it. I know some of the small things that really bugged me, but I don’t know what it was that made me not love it. for instance, I found this story to be incredibly unrealistic, to the extent that I did find myself actually rolling my eyes at it at points, due to the sheer levels of unreality. There were just so many moments that left me stunned. And not in a good way. I did also find this book to be far to long for it was. it just felt like it was going on for ever. I really do think that it was just too long. 500 pages was just too much. but even both of those issues combined doesn’t really explain why I feel so let down by this book.
This books redeeming factor for me was the characters. I really liked them and they are honestly the only reason I kept reading, even if I did want to slap Monty a few times because he was being an idiot. All in all, the characters where just very funny and human and I did really like that. I loved the fact that it didn’t shy away from the homosexuality and bisexuality storylines, or from the homophobia ones. I loved how comfortable Monty was with his own sexuality. It was just very refreshing to read in a YA book. I also loved that Felicity was so smart and was also breaking the mould.
As you can see, mixed feelings. Some parts of this book i really enjoyed and then others I just didn’t. I really do think that this book has fallen victim to being over hyped. I wonder, had I read it when it first came out, before all the hype raised my expectations, would I have loved it?
3 out of 5
And there we go. have you read The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.