Book Review: 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know: What to do, What to say, How to Behave

by Kay West with John Bridges and Bryan Curtis

 

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Many people believe that etiquette is a thing of the past. Our culture’s relative philosophy believes that people can do whatever they want. Yet, in reality, this concept doesn’t fly.

This book by Kay West is (in essence) an etiquette book for young ladies (approx. middle school age). Unlike the books of the past, this one is relevant to the 21st century. Each of the 50 chapters covers one “thing” such as accepting a compliment or making an apology. It is relevant to today’s young ladies who use cell phones, social networks, digital cameras, make-up, and fragrances. They succinctly explains the proper behavior surrounding those subjects with a brief introduction then a do, don’t, and why not.

Another positive element of this book (other than its adorable pink and gray cover), it begins with simple information—such as the importance of saying please, thank you, and excuse me—then it moves to more “mature” subjects such as borrowing clothes from friends, place settings at a formal dinner, and being asked to dance.

Even though I’m not a “young” lady any more, I really enjoyed this book (and even learned a few things too). I would recommend it as an easily understood and applicable book for any early 21th century young lady, especially in a time where everyone delights in informality, yet they are still impressed with those who still use good manners.

This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Booksneeze program. I am writing my own, unbiased review.

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