A book review is a short, fair critical evaluation of a book's strengths and weaknesses. While a book review contains a summary of the book, the summary should be brief and focused, and the majority of the review should examine the book's content and provide a critical analysis, using evidence from the book itself.
Things to remember:
The purpose of your book review will be to
The introduction should include
In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari recounts how humans have developed from brutes to demigods in the course of their evolutionary history: a grand narrative, one would think, but he perceives it as a comic-tragedy, and details it with mordant humor. (Source of this example: Michael Saler, "Star Stuff?" A review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humanity, by Yuval Noah Harari).
Your summary should
Whether in writing or in conversation, Lincoln "carefully avoided the sectional names Puritan and Cavalier" (5).
The Main Body of the Essay
The body of the essay should
Don't forget to bring your essay to a close by providing a well constructed conclusion.
What is a conclusion?
A conclusion is not
A conclusion should tie everything together in a meaningful way, with simple but powerful words that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. Think of your conclusion as your parting shot, your last chance to impress and enlighten your audience. Make it count by not repeating what you've said before, but by finding ways of enhancing the content and creating closure. And do not start your conclusion with "in conclusion," "in summary," or similar expressions. Your conclusion should feel like a conclusion without you announcing it is.