Reviewer: Amy Rae Weaver, Teen Services Librarian
Eighteen-year-old Henry Montague has one last chance to party like it’s 1779 on a yearlong tour of Europe, and he’s ready to drink himself silly in all the most fashionable cities on the Continent. There’s just one problem: His father set him up with a guide who won’t let him have a lick of gin the whole time. All right, two problems: He’s also in love with his best friend, Percy, and doesn’t know how to say it. Fine, three problems: He just stole something from Versailles, and it might be more valuable than he thought. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue mixes hilarity and heartache into an irresistible cocktail for those who like their historical romances with a little adventure to them.
Reviewer: Samamtha Gordano, Librarian II - Adult Services Librarian
If you have been close to anyone who deals with anxiety or compulsion disorders and want to know what is going on in their head, you have to read this! Aza has been dealing with her issues most of her life, only exacerbated by the premature death of her father when she was a child. She has only a few close friends and can usually be found in her own head. She is struggling with coming to terms with who she is, what makes her “her”, and how that factors in to treating her conditions. The mysterious disappearance of the local wealthy con man (who also happens to be the father of a long lost acquaintance of hers who she might have a thing for) brings about some interesting situations that end up helping Aza on her journey.
Reviewer: Oliver Vargas, Library Aide
The book follows a young Japanese man who is unable to relate to Japanese society, or find any connections with people. The story progresses as the character interacts with various individuals and entities who challenge his moral and perception of life. Ultimately, it is arguably autobiographical due to both character and author shared a similar fate. This book is the second highest selling book in Japan and is required reading in Japanese High Schools.