Hello all. I had a question from a member about the format of a book review. Now, although everyone has a different writing style, I thought I would do a bit of a run down of how you could do one type of review. No, I’m not being patronising here; I’m just doing it as a helping hand. If you’ve never written one, you might not feel confident enough to have a go yourself. If you do, feel free to do it your own way, this is simply a suggestion if you want help.
Before you try and write a review, make some notes first. It means you remember to cover all the relevant points in your review.
Paragraph One: Usually describes a little about what the book is about. It always mentions the name of the author and the title and often the genre of the book. This way, the readers know straight away what they’re getting. It tells the reader a little about the setting and introduces the main character.
If possible, use one paragraph for each point you want to make about the book. It's a good way to emphasize the importance of the point. You might want to list the main points in your notes before you begin.
What do you like or dislike about the book's writing style? Is it funny? Does it give you a sense of the place it's set? What is the author's/narrator's "voice" like? Do you like the characters? Can you relate to them or do they alienate you?
What about the look of the book? Is the blurb or the front cover deceiving or does they make you want to read it?
Try using a few short quotes from the book to illustrate your points. This is not absolutely necessary, but it's a good way to give your reader a sense of the author's writing style.
Your opinion is the most important thing though, so make sure you make it clear and constant. A good review can persuade a reader to choose a book, or avoid it completely.
Some reviews contain a little bit of history about the author, so a little research may come in handy. Perhaps mention if they have won any awards or other books they have written. Some writers use life experiences in their novels, therefore it might be helpful to know how the writer came about writing what they did.
Do not tell readers the end of the book or any big twists or turns.
If it helps, try to think of the reader as a friend to whom you’re telling a story to.
I hope this helps.
Lv Chendy – Your ever friendly mod