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How to write a book review? How to write a book review?

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If you're writing a book review, your first question should be who your audience is. That will tell you what's important to the reader. You want to give some background on the book without giving away too much of the plot. It's good to give some teaser information, so people want more. You also want to give some overall comments about the writing style and what you liked about the book, and compare it to other books.

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The preceding suggestions are all spot-on and should help you get started. The one strong caveat I have for you is, do NOT allow your book review to lapse into plot summary. This is the single most common error that students commit when writing book reports and book reviews.

Plot summary simply means that instead of offering your opinion and assessment of the book as a whole, you start telling the reader the story. Even if it's paraphrased in your own words, plot summary does not help you earn a good grade on this type of assignment.

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