Book Review Format:
There is no length requirement, but following this outline will result in a successful
A. Introduce your review appropriately. Identify the author, the title, the
main topic or issue presented, and a brief synopsis of the book. The synopsis
should clearly show that you read the book, however.
B. Explain Relationships. Establish your position as the reviewer. As
you write, consider the following questions and provide evidence from the book
that supports your answers.
What is the main argument or thesis put forth by the author?
What evidence supports the main argument of the author? In which
chapter (or chapters) is this evidence found? Why or how does this
evidence support the main point of the book?
What is the weakest point made by the author? Why?
Who is the intended audience for this book?
What is your critical evaluation of the work (your thesis or stance)? Why
have you taken that position? What criteria are you basing your position
II. Evaluate the book. Use evidence from the book to support your statements.
How clearly is the book written?
What did you like best about the book? What did you like least about the
book? (Strengths/Weaknesses) Explain your position.
III. Conclusion. Provide a brief comment on the book and whether or not you
would recommend this book to someone else.
There is, of course, no set formula, but a general rule of thumb is that the first
one-half to two-thirds of the review should summarize the author's main
ideas while the remainder of the report should evaluate the book.