This handout will help you write a book review, a report or essay that offers a critical perspective on a text. It offers a process and suggests some strategies for writing book reviews. A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Reviews can consider books, articles, entire genres or fields of literature, architecture, art, fashion, restaurants, policies, exhibitions, performances, and many other forms. This handout will focus on book reviews. For a similar assignment, see our handout on literature reviews.
Book Review Writing
Professional Guide to Write an Amazing Book Review
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How to Write Critical Reviews
When you are asked to write a critical review of a book or article, you will need to identify, summarize, and evaluate the ideas and information the author has presented. Make your stand clear at the beginning of your review, in your evaluations of specific parts, and in your concluding commentary. Remember that your goal should be to make a few key points about the book or article, not to discuss everything the author writes. To write a good critical review, you will have to engage in the mental processes of analyzing taking apart the work—deciding what its major components are and determining how these parts i. Analyzing the work will help you focus on how and why the author makes certain points and prevent you from merely summarizing what the author says.
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