Writing Book Reviews

Writing Book Reviews

There are many ways to write a book review, and some of you may want to publish your book review to our library catalog (with permission).

Steps for Writing a Book Review

(1,000 words maximum)

Introduction – 1 or 2 sentences

  • Share the book’s author, title, and genre
  • Explain when and where the story takes place (setting).

Extension: Mention the book’s main idea. What do you think the author wanted you to ‘take away’ from reading this book?

Summary – 2 sentences maximum

  • Briefly share the basic story line – ‘Who is doing what and why?’
  • Reminder: Be careful not to give away anything that would ruin the book for another reader. This is a teaser! This should include the main problem (conflict) but not the solution (resolution).


Opinion Statement – 2 sentences maximum

  • Give your honest reaction. What was the best or worst part of the book? Is it interesting, memorable, thought-provoking?


  • Make connections. Relate your book to other books and movies, personal experiences, or life in general.


Conclusion – 1 sentence maximum
  • Offer advice for potential readers and/or recommend the book in a ‘if you liked X book, you might also like this one’ fashion.
  • OR
  • Close with a direct comment on the book, and tie together ideas you shared in the review.


Note: Our library catalog, Destiny, can hold only 1,000 words when publishing a review.



Adapted from URL: http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/bookrev.html(Maria Escales for LEO and the Write Place, St. Cloud State University – 1997)

Last Modified on November 3, 2015

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