Growing up is hard, especially as a teenage girl, and this book doesn’t help. The further you read, the more appalling the book gets. If you want to work on yourself, that’s great; self-improvement is fantastic. However, telling girls that whether you’re fifteen or fifty, all faces look better with makeup will definitely not build true inner confidence. People shouldn’t view your personality differently based on how beautiful your makeup is or how skinny your figure is, especially since some teens hardly wear makeup and are happily embracing their curves.

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“If you help yourself by improving your appearance, and by practicing rules of etiquette and good manners, your attitude will reflect confidence, your self-esteem will grow, and you will create a good impression.”

The idea of a guide to true confidence is nice, but a lot of the advice in this book belongs to past decades. For example, Dalley suggests a girl wear slacks and a nice blouse to the movies. Really? Her guide emphasizes making yourself visually appealing to others, supposedly to give yourself confidence, but it’s really just about pleasing other people.

The most important thing is that you like yourself, regardless of what other people think. If you want to learn how to get nicer skin and pretty nails make you feel confident, then this book might be for you. If you want to step out of the 50s and into this strong, pro-woman Y-generation, it might not be.

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