It's natural for young readers to confuse book reviews with book reports, yet writing a book review is a very different process from writing a book report. Frequently, the purpose of book reports is to demonstrate that the books were read, and they are often done for an assignment. A book review's purpose is to help people decide whether or not the book would interest them enough to read it. Like wonderful smells wafting from a kitchen, book reviews lure readers to want to taste the book themselves.
This guide is designed to help you become a strong book reviewer, a reader who can read a book and then cook up a review designed to whet the reading appetites of other book lovers.
Choose the things that fit this particular book best.
Writing about the plot is the trickiest part of a review because you want to give the reader a feel for what the book is about without spoiling the book for future readers. Another possibility is to set up the major conflict in the book and leave it unresolved (Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part or He didn't know what he stood to lose or Finding your purpose in life can be as easy as finding a true friend.) Try to avoid using the tired phrase "This book is about…" Instead, just jump right in (The stuffed rabbit wanted more than anything to live in the big old house with the wild oak trees.) Reviews should answer questions about the characters in fiction books or non-fiction books about people.
In your rating, you should consider how the book compares to other books like it.
Don't compare a long novel to a short poetry book — that's not a valid comparison.
Sometimes a book will have a moral — a lesson to learn.
If so, the theme is usually connected to that moral.
The first question we usually ask when writing something is "How long should it be?
" The best answer is "As long as it takes," but that's a frustrating answer.