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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
English grammar, spelling and sentence structure are certainly not easy. One is definitely not born with the knowledge to overcome the many pitfalls the written form of English presents. With the public education system continually cutting back on what it does teach, sadly, grammar has been marginalized to such an extent that many high school graduates are not only lousy spellers, but they couldn’t put a complete sentence together if their life depended on it. Advancements in technology certainly don’t help much either. With all the texting young people do, the written form of the English language has been truncated to acronyms and multiple misspellings only partly due to the small keyboards on many of the devices.
In order to succeed after high school, it is imperative that young people learn how to express themselves, both verbally and in the written form. This includes learning the rules of grammar, spelling and the basics of putting together not only a sentence, but also a complete research paper. Lindsey Carman has just the book to help those who really want to succeed. The Young Adult’s Guide to Flawless Writing: Essential Explanations, Examples, and Exercises is a thorough presentation of the many English grammar and spelling rules, from the explanation of the many confusing applications of there, their and they’re to the basics of correct punctuation. The guide is well laid out and presents new concepts in an orderly, easy-to-follow manner. There are exercises for each rule/application presented (with answers in the back of the book), which are helpful in gaining expertise in proper writing skills. A must-have guide for everyone, not just students. A great resource.