how do i write a review
how do i write a review
Losing Joe’s Place is a great book for anyone who likes to see somebody else have a whole lot of funny, funny troubles. The story is hilarious and keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the characters are strange and interesting enough to make you want to know more about what will happen to them next. Out of four stars, I would give this book at least three and a half.
- Open with an introduction paragraph that does the following things:
- catches the reader’s attention;
- identifies the thing you’ll be reviewing (e.g., the title of the book or movie);
- identifies the author, star, or director, if appropriate.
- Write a full paragraph about each of the aspects you want to examine, making sure each paragraph does these things:
- opens with a topic sentence that says what the paragraph is about;
- has several detail sentences that prove the point you are trying to make;
- uses quotes or examples from the book or movie, if possible, to help prove your point.
- End with a conclusion paragraph that does the following:
- *briefly* restates the main ideas of the review;
- makes a judgment about the book or movie or whatever, saying whether it is good or bad (some reviewers give ratings, like four stars or two thumbs up);
- recommends that the reader go to the movie or read the book or buy a meal at the restaurant (or not, if it is no good).
However, this version of the review is OK:
Increase the relevance of your review by addressing your overall experience, including the level of customer service you received. Tell people how helpful the company was! Focusing on only one element, such as product quality or delivery options, provides limited insight to readers.
“This movie is the greatest! You should go see it!”
For movies or TV, discuss reasons such as acting, lighting, costume, music, setting, photography, etc. DO NOT discuss plot! A good film or TV review does not include spoiler alerts!
Avoid vague words and phrases like “The service was bad” or “The pie was great.” Instead, provide specific details like, “The server was friendly but inexperienced and botched our drink order” or “The lemon meringue pie had a wonderfully flaky crust, a tart and tangy filling, and dreamy melt-in-your-mouth meringue.”
More from #HowToWrite:
Tell readers the complete title of the work and the name of its author or creator. Supply the publisher, publication date, and other information about when the piece was created and where readers or viewers can find it. Check your facts. The details in a review must be accurate.
The first time you read or watch something, get an overall sense of the work. Then think about its strengths and weaknesses. Read or watch it again to confirm your first impressions. This time, take careful notes. Be ready to change your mind if a closer look sends you in a different direction.