Tips for Writing an Effective Book Review

Between 2005 and 2010, Jerome Eberle served the American Library Association as a publishing assistant. In addition to his other professional pursuits, Jerome Eberle continues to serve the American Library Association as a book reviewer.

There are a few guidelines most writers follow when authoring a book review. All book reviews should feature a short synopsis of the story that helps readers get an idea of the book’s content while revealing as few specific plot points as possible. Reviewers should supplement their general summary with a more comprehensive analysis of thematic aspects and character development. Again, reviewers should refrain from writing too many details about character motivations and other information that might spoil the book for readers.

A book review should also comment on the author’s style, including comments on the use of imagery and approach to pacing. Comparing the author’s style to similar writers can be helpful for readers who are unsure if they will enjoy the book or not. Finally, the reviewer should include his or her personal reaction to the book. If the reviewer maintains a balance between technical evaluation and individual opinion, readers can get a good sense of whether or not the book is worth their time.

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