Has anyone done a book review on "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy? I have to do a 2000 word review! I've never done one.

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Book reviews tend to have specific elements.  First, there is an overall statement of your opinion on the quality of the book itself.  Then, there is a brief plot summary (without giving away key endings or surprises in the storyline).  Next comes a detailed explanation behind your opinions on the following items:  writing style and quality, plotline, characters, comparisons to other works by the same author or other works in the same genre, narration, lasting quality of the work (will it stand the test of time?), and who might like it and who won't.  At the end of the review, summarize your opinions, and recommend or don't recommend it.  Some reviewers uses a "rating scale," like 5 out of 10, or 4 stars out of 5, etc.

To find other reviews on the book itself, you can look at eNotes; I provided a link below.  Enotes is a great source for reviews, summaries and criticisms.  Also, go to google and type in "The Road" AND book reviews.  A bunch will pop up, and you can read those to get a feel for what writing a review will be like.  It was written fairly recently, so reviews will still be floating out there on the web; I have read many of them, and they are easy to understand and find.  I hope that helps, and good luck on the assignment!