As soon as you put on your student shoes and take the first step into your academic life, be prepared to face loads of book reviews. In case you don’t know how to write a report paper, take the smart route and learn to write one beforehand. We assure you that you will never regret the time you will spend on it. Matter of fact, we are here to help you write one. Most people are under the impression that writing a book review is quite simple. You just read a book and write about it. Easy, right? Wrong!
The purpose of writing book reviews is to tempt other readers to put that book on their to-read list as soon as they get through the review. You have a limited number of words as well as just a few minutes to convince the reader that the book is worth reading, so what do you have to do? You need to omit all the useless things and include the most important information about the book in your review. For instance, if you have been asked to write a book on Fifty Shades of Grey here’s what you should add to your paper as well as what you have to omit.
- About the Author
- Main Idea
Before you get to the details of the book, make sure you have mentioned a little about the writer. In this case, tell the readers a little about E.L James, and first of all, what has led her to write the book. Make sure to add the factor of fascination. For instance, E.L James has been named one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” by Times magazine as well as that her novel was a response to Stephanie Mayes’s Twilight series.
People read book reviews because they want to know what the book is about. And no, we are not talking about the genre of the book. Make sure to provide the storyline of the book so that readers know what they are going to read about. For a review of Fifty Shades of Grey tell about the protagonist. Who is Anastasia? Who is Christian Grey? And which events brought the two of them together. Moreover, tell what is the main problem, the standstill point in the book that will make the readers buy the book instantly to find out how it is solved?
There are always quotes or two in books where authors outdo themselves. Make sure you have added some interesting quotations to hook your readers.
“Men aren’t really complicated, Anna, honey. They are very simple, literal creatures. They usually mean what they say. And we spend hours trying to analyze what they’ve said – when really it’s obvious. If I were you, I’d take him literally. That might help.”
― E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey
- Disclose the Answer
You have to write about the main idea and the main problem of the book, but do not make a mistake disclosing the spoilers or you will be at the brutal end of the reader’s fury. Just give the reader some hints to let them know that they are going to learn some interesting information if they read the whole book. No matter how much readers cry, complain or protest about unexpected endings, they’ll still pick up the book because they are certified masochists.
And that’s it. Just follow the above instructions and everyone who read your review will become willing to read the book that you wrote about.