Book Review

Writing your book review

Write a review of approximately 800 to 1,000 words. Organize your writing and thinking along the lines below:

Introduce the subject, scope, and type of book

Identify the book by author, title, and publishing information.

Specify the type of book (for example, fiction, nonfiction, biography, autobiography).

Describe the book’s theme.

Include background to enable reader(s) to place the book into a specific context. For example, you might want to describe the general problem the book addresses or earlier work the author or others have done.

Briefly summarize the content

Provide an overview, including paraphrases and quotations, of the book’s thesis and primary supporting points.

If the book has a narrative quality, briefly review the story line for readers, being careful not to give away anything that would lessen the suspense for readers.

Provide your reactions to the book

What do you agree with? And why?

What do you disagree with? And why?

How did the book affect you?

How have your opinions about the topic changed?

How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda.

Describe the book: Is it interesting, memorable, entertaining, instructive? Why?

Respond to the author’s opinions

Explore issues the book raises: What possibilities does the book suggest? Explain. What matters does the book leave out?Explain.

Relate your argument to other books or authors: Support your argument for or against the author’s opinions by bringing in other authors you agree with.

Relate the book to larger issues

Conclude by summarizing your ideas

Close with a direct comment on the book, and tie together issues raised in the review.

Briefly restate your main points and your thesis statement.

If you like, you can offer advice for potential readers.