How to write a book review

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Before you start writing a review, it is important to know what it is and what types exist. The reviewer is obliged to be able to competently express his thoughts, to observe impartiality when analyzing and criticizing the author’s text. It is important to be well-read and competent and be able to delve into the details and see the text from the inside.

What the book review is

It is a review and analysis of a book of an artistic or non-artistic genre. The review is intended to assess the work of the author, as well as to form a general impression of the work of the target audience.

There are following types of reviews:

  • Official. Publishers, famous personalities, large organizations, fraudsters, etc order official reviews. The more words of praise written in the abstract, the less interesting and boring the book will be.
  • Functional. It is written for the purpose of conducting a practical analysis of the work. Publishers order this review to evaluate how high the book will hit the readership. A reviewer is a person writing a review. In this case, he analyzes the book more than criticizes.
  • Informative review. Blogs and hematic sites write only such evaluating texts. About 100% of the information in online reviews is comparisons, metaphors, exaggerations and discussions.
  • Critical. This is a parsing of the text on the particles, a deep assessment of the work by the reviewer.


A good review is always divided into parts. Heard of the work is the title. The introductory paragraph consists of 2 or 3 sentences with informative content. Next comes the body of the article, that is the main part of the text. The conclusion of the review is a critical review of the book or publication being evaluated. The volume of the abstract, including analysis and evaluation of the article. It should be no less than 1 thousand characters; the maximum number is 6 thousand. If the volume is less than 1000 characters, then such a review will be incomplete, not sufficiently covering all the problems of artistic or non-artistic work.