Writing the Review:
- Include title, author, genre
- Hook the reader with your opening sentence. Set the tone of the review. Be familiar with the guidelines — some editors want plot summaries; others don’t. Some want you to say outright if you recommend a book, but not others.
- Review the book you read — not the book you wish the author had written.
- If this is the best book you have ever read, say so — and why. If it’s merely another nice book, say so.
- Include information about the author– reputation, qualifications, etc. — anything relevant to the book and the author’s authority.
- Think about the person reading your review. Is this a librarian buying books for a collection? A parent who wants a good read-aloud? Is the review for readers looking for information about a particular topic, or for readers searching for a good read?
- Your conclusion should summarize, perhaps include a final assessment. Do not introduce new material at this point.
- To gain perspective, allow time before revising.
Writing a Fiction Book Review
Note: You don’t have to answer every question — they’re suggestions!
Points to Ponder:
- What was the story about?
- Who were the main characters?
- Were the characters credible?
- What did the main characters do in the story?
- Did the main characters run into any problems? Adventures?
- Who was your favorite character? Why?
Your personal experiences
- Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?
- Have you ever done or felt some of the things, the characters did?
- Did you like the book?
- What was your favorite part of the book?
- Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
- If you could change something, what would it be? (If you wish you could change the ending, don’t reveal it!)
- Would you recommend this book to another person?
- What type of person would like this book?