How to Review a book Essays

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How to Review A Book

Book reviews are designed to give readers a birds-eye view of a book, and to help the reader determine if they want to read the book. As a reviewer, you are the authority because you have read the book, and you are giving your professional opinions. For this project, your audience is not the teacher but the student body of your school. As you write your review, write it with the intention of having it published in the school paper where everyone at your school will read it.

Reading Instructions and Taking Notes

In order to facilitate your preparation for writing your review, the following suggestions are offered as you read the book:

1. Read the entire book, preface, introduction, acknowledgments, conclusions and
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This will eliminate thumbing back through the book trying to find what you want, which means you will save time and your thoughts will be clearer.

Writing the Review

Your book review will consist of three (3) distinct parts.

(1) Brief background about the author, and a statement of the author’s intention or purpose in writing the book. Statements to this effect may be found either in the preface, the introduction, the first chapter, and/or in the conclusion. This information will comprise your first paragraph.

(2) The body of your review will comprise the bulk of your paper. In this section you will inform your readers of what the author says, not your opinions about the book. In other words, you will show what the author says about her/his subject matter. You do this by quoting the author directly, but your quotes should be brief, not more than three or four lines at a time. If you want to quote only parts of a sentence, indicate this by using ellipses (…). Keep in mind that you are demonstrating that you understand what the author is saying or that you have read the book. Let it be known that the author is speaking and not you. Use phrases like, “According to the author…” “The author states that…,” or if using the author’s last name you may say, “Williams indicates…,”

(3) This section is where you voice your opinions; whether you agree or disagree with the author and why. You may agree with some of what the author says, but you may disagree with other

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