I must confess, writing a book review is very hard for me.
You’d think as a writer, writing a book review would be easy. It’s not.
But reviews are as important to writers as water to fish. Writers need book reviews. The best way to get is to give.
So I set out to learn more about writing a good review.
I used to adhere to the old saying, “If you can’t say something good say nothing.”
When you write a review, it’s important to find that “something” good to say.
Even for books that aren’t my genre, and even for those that make me cringe, I search for something good to say.
Things to look for…
- Did the title or the cover get your attention?
- Identify the genre.
- Identify the audience (age.)
- Identify the Point of View.
- Is there a theme or common thread throughout the story?
- Does the book or authors style remind you of another’s?
- Review don’t critique.
- Were characters loveable, believable, scary, or memorable?
Information to include in a review…
- Include the name of book and author as well as the length of the book.
- An opening hook. (ask a question, give a hint, etc.)
- What you enjoyed. (character, line, writing style, etc.)
- Who might enjoy this type of book?
- A short summary. But remember this is not a book report.
- A wrap-up or closing. (If you didn’t particularly like the book, this is a good place to sandwich the bad with good.)
(Author’s name) new book, (book title) is (what? funny, sad, moving, thrilling, haunting?) A (genre) in (where or time?) is about (what? war? girl? boy? love? death?) It’s about (a brief summary.)
(who?) will enjoy reading (book title). I found this book to be (quick, detailed, engrossing, lengthy, informative, etc.) Readers who enjoy (genre) may like (title.)
So, do tell…
What advice can you offer to this struggling reviewer?
Do you find writing book reviews easy or hard?
Keep reading, good articles below on the art of writing a review.
How to Write a Book Review by Bill Asenjo
Writing a Book Review Contributors: Allen Brizee