Book Review

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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?

Your opinion

  • 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!)

Your recommendation

  • Would you recommend this book to another person?
  • What type of person would like this book?

SAMPLE BOOK REVIEW

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