Not so very long ago Kelly over at the YAnnabe blog posted an article titled, “3 Ways to Get Me to Read Your Book Review.” She recommends: 1) Have a rating system; 2) Give a succinct summary at the beginning; and 3) Keep your review relatively short.
I’ve got #1 handled—note the literary grading scale. To date, the highest ever given was an A+ (some of which deserved an A++) and the lowest was a D+.
I’ve got #3 handled (most of the time). Sometimes I get a little wordy, especially when I’m trying to justify a low grade (because I feel bad doing that to a fellow writer and don’t want to just come off as a blow-hard loser, but as an intelligent reader with thoughts and meaningful opinions).
Where I’ve been falling short is #2. My summaries are usually from the back jacket or BarnesAndNoble.com, a couple of paragraphs, all of which is too long. I vow to change. Don’t believe me? Check out the review below for Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. I’ll prove that I can evolve.
Addition: I'm also going to start including the first line of the book... I think that can tell you a lot. (Check it out below and let me know what you think of how Lynch started out. Should I have been able to predict my eventual feelings?_
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