How to Write a Great Book Review by Julia N

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Picture this: An author clicks on “Amazon” and searches for her book. When she finds it, there’s a new review! She scrolls down to read it.
“luv dis book, but it ws two long 4 me. wish th paragriphs were shorter.”

…Please tell me you’ve never written a review like that.

When I first started writing reviews, they were short. Too short, in fact (but at least they were grammatically correct). I’ve been making them longer now, however, and more helpful. I’m going to try to use the following more often, and I encourage you to do so as well:

1. Are the characters relatable? If not, are they at least fun to read about? Do you care for them?

2. Does the plot keep you hooked, or is it confusing and easy to put down?

3. Make note of what stands out. Did a character profess his love in an amazing, heart wrenching way? Did someone do something so stupid, you can hardly keep from stabbing the book?

4. Be positive. Don’t book-bash, no matter how much you might hate the book. Whether you liked it or not, explain why.

And there you have it! Any suggestions? Comments are welcome. 🙂

~Posted by ReadingClean member, Julia N. Visit her blog at


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