Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while now! This is for Challenge #15 “Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.”
This was one of many books I discovered through Book Riot’s list of suggestions for books for this challenge, a list I never seem able to find again. (I’ve already read two of the others, and have a couple more sitting here waiting to be read, and more than that on my unpurchased TBR list.) The book wasn’t even out yet when they put it on the list, and they summed it up very briefly as two young men off on their Grand Tour of Europe, and I think they put in some kind of expression of the fact that they were each others’ love interests. Very bare bones suggestion of what the book was about, but it was more than enough to pique my interest, especially since the model on the cover makes me think of Brian Slade. (Yes, yes, don’t judge a book by its cover, I know.)
So, a more detailed hint at what the plot is would go something like this:
Young Henry Montague — Monty to his friends — has recently been expelled from Eton, and is now being given one last chance to redeem himself. He’s off on his Grand Tour, and upon his return, will be forced to take over his father’s estate and live a respectable life. Of course, he’s determined to make the most of his year-long tour of Europe, especially because he’ll be travelling in the company of his best friend, Percy Newton, with whom Monty is intensely in love, though he’s never had the nerve to say so. (Monty’s sister, Felicity, is to travel with them as far as Marseilles on her way to finishing school, but Monty isn’t particularly interested in that.) The plans for their Tour have been laid out with care, ending in Holland, where Percy is to attend law school. Of course, the more carefully laid plans are, the less likelihood that they’ll turn out the way they’re supposed to…
So, a few words on our three main characters.