Want to know how to write a book review for something you read? Well, it’s really easy.
Book reviews are NOT essays or book reports! Forget all about school. Other readers just want to know: what did a real person think or feel about the book, and why?
Here's how to write a book review:
1. Write a couple of sentences about what you thought
the book was about.
Just a couple sentences. Don’t tell the ending. Pretend you’re trying to get your friend to buy the
book, and they’re in a hurry, but they ask “what’s it about?”
2. What did you like about the book? Why?
Why is more important than what. Please do not only write “it was awesome” – write why! This tells other readers whether the book might be right for them.
3. What did you not like about the book? Why?
more important than what. What
you hated might just be the thing another person may love.
That being said, NEVER attack the author. It makes us sad. Not
liking clouds in a book is one thing. Saying the author is a bad person
for writing about clouds is not okay.
4. Take out any spoilers!
What are spoilers? If it's exciting, would ruin the book for others, or has ANYTHING to do with the ending,
LEAVE IT OUT.
Otherwise, your book review will likely get flagged and
removed - not to mention you'll have a lot of people angry with you for
spoiling the book for them.
5. Did the author give you a free copy?
YOU MUST DISCLOSE THIS for legal purposes. Just write ‘I received a free copy of this book from the author‘ if that’s the case.
6. If you’re putting the review on your blog or website, how can the
person reading it buy the book?
Link to the book. If you’re putting the
review on Amazon or some other place where you buy the book obviously
you don’t need to do this, because they know.
You’re done! This is how to write a book review.