Whether you’re 13 or 103, 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know from Thomas Nelson publishers is an excellent book encapsulating manners for today’s female. Though women today are offered numerous opportunities for success, without the proper manners, she will not be as successful as she thinks. In less than 200 pages, Kay West offers helpful hints for young ladies and older women alike desiring to improve their social interaction.
One of the best features of 50 Things is its “You Do” and “You Don’t Do” sections. For example, when explaining how a lady offers an apology, West suggests that young ladies do “offer and apology without a ‘but'” and she does not “avoid responsibility.” For each of the 50 tips listed, the book offers helpful scenarios and even scripted lines that are used in all occasions. Need help writing a thank you note? Need help comforting a hurting friend? In order for the book to be truly helpful, West offers her readers scripted, sincere lines that can help any young lady seeking to help her friends. West also acknowledges the influence of social networking in today’s society and reminds her readers that ladies do not post malicious words or photos to outlets such as Facebook. Coupled with “You Do” and “You Don’t Do” sections, along with conversation ideas, and e-etiquette tips, this book is suitable for any woman at any stage of life.
Regardless of your age, class, or stage in life, 50 Things offers advice that any woman can use. Though the audience is intended for young girls and teenagers, any women (even a know-it-all college student!) can improve her social graces and learn to respond to any situation. For a solid, well-rounded book regarding appropriate behavior for girls and women, I highly recommend 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know by Kay West.
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