Friday, November 11, 2011

Review // 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know by Kay West with John Bridges & Bryan Curtis

This book is a handy little reference guide for girls learning basic social graces. Each of the 50 things is written concisely in two to three pages, with simple do’s and don’ts as well as explanations behind them. Topics include saying “please” and “thank you”, formal table settings, using social media, giving and receiving gifts, accepting a date and more.

Overall, I think this book is a wonderful beginner’s resource for etiquette. And aside from the few gender specific topics, it is actually full of information most everyone should know! Etiquette is not often taught or used by younger generations anymore. However, on a couple of topics I felt the book to be either too conventional for modern times or the tone was in a register suited for “high society” rather than one that all social classes would be comfortable relating to. I believe there are some formalities that would be downright awkward in situations when a more simple, yet still polite, response is appropriate.

All in all, I think this book is a great discussion starter between tween / teenage girls and their parents or mentors. The idea is to instill a sense of dignity and respect for oneself and others – this book does that.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.