How to Write a Book Review/Report
is a Book Review?
book review is a description and an evaluation
of a book that you have read.
reviews are so helpful because they inform future
readers about books they may be interested in reading.
Often, a book review will influence other readers
by telling them a little bit about what the story
is about, as well as if is is worth reading or not!
most important thing to remember is that book reviews
DO NOT give away the ending! If it is a good
book, the reader will not want to spend time reading
it if he/she already knows the ending.
4 Steps to Follow When Writing a Book
(Note: You do not have to answer every question,
are only suggestions to guide your writing.)
Write at Least 3-4 Sentences About the Plot
was the story about?
were the main characters?
did the main characters do in the story?
the main characters run into any problems?
the main characters have any adventures?
was your favorite character? Why?
Your Personal Experiences
you relate to any of the characters in the story?
you ever done some of the things or felt some of
the same things that the characters did?
you like the book?
was your favorite part of the book?
you have a least favorite part of the book?
you could change something in the book, what would
(If you wish you could change the ending,
remember not to tell the ending to the story you
you recommend this book to another person?
type of person would like this book?
is a Book Report?
book report is different from a book review in that
it concentrates on a summary of what the author has
to say, and only marginally comments on the reader's
opinion of what the author says and how he/she says
it. It is a factual account of the book's subject
matter, meant to be descriptive rather than analytic
or persuasive. A good book report is well organized,
gives a sense of the book as a whole, and includes
of a Book Raport
Give the name of the book you have read, the author,
and the publishing details.
the reader how the book is organized.
the reader the main thesis or argument of the book.
Summary of Content:
each section of the book and summarize the important
points in that section, and how it relates to the
overall structure and content.
each section proportional weight in your summary.
For example, if the book is divided into four sections
of approximately equal length, you should devote
the same amount of space in your summary for each
section. If, however, section one is twice as long
as the other three sections, you should devote more
space to a discussion of this section than the other
Tell the reader why you liked/ didn't like the book,
referring to elements discussed in your introduction
and summary sections.
to Ask Yourself
Have I included all the important publication details
of the book in my report?
I organized my summary in a way that is easy to
follow and reflects the organization of the book?
I used headings to indicate major divisions within
the book/ and within my summary?
I accurately represented the point of view of the
author of the book?
I accurately represented the structure of the argument
presented in the book?
I avoided inserting my opinion of the subject matter
dealt with in the book?
I indicated at the end of the report whether or
not I liked the book and why?
No matter what advice that you get on how to write
a report or term paper, each teacher/professor is
different. Each one has their own preferences in what
they want to see in a report. The following information
will help, if you do not have a clue on how to write
a book report. However, please check with your teacher
to see if you are doing things correctly.