Author: Kay West
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy It: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★
Blurb: It's safe to say that young women in the 21st century are exposed to more educational opportunities than any generation of women in history. But sometimes what gets lost in between ballet and biology, AP classes and piano lessons, creative writing and cross country, are the basic rules of simple etiquette and guidelines for appropriate behavior.
Progress is a good thing, but even an accomplished student, a gifted artist, or a brilliant young law clerk is at a disadvantage if she never learned to write a thank you note, understand a formal table setting, accept a compliment, make an apology, express sympathy, or respond to an invitation. This latest book in the GentleManners series was written especially for girls ages 8 to 14, to teach them the basic skills every young lady should have and every young lady's mother and grandmother want her to have.
I got this book thinking that since I couldn't think of fifty things off the top of my head, there had to be something in there that I could gain from. And I was right. 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know covers just about everything from the basics of "please" and "thank you", to proper etiquette concerning things perhaps less well known in the world today, such as dancing, invitations, entering/exiting cars, and more.
Though proper manners and etiquette seem to be fading around us, particularly in the younger generation, West summarizes the basic know-hows every female ought to learn. Most of the chapters deal with things adults would think to be obvious manners, but in reality are greatly lacking today.
In a world losing its personal touch with the people around us, 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know is just that--things every lady ought to know, and yet most don't. In one well-flowing, easy read, West points back things every female should be practicing on a regular basis. I would, without doubt, recommend this to any young lady. I received this book for free from Booksneeze for this review.