Introduction to Writing Academic Book Reviews

December 14, 2019

Academic book reviews are different from creative book reviews. They tend to follow more rigid rules, both in terms of formatting and structure.

The introduction to an academic review should be used to provide context to the book, a summary of the book’s main argument (the thesis), and your opinion about the merits of the book.

The middle section of a review also tends to follow a common approach. Most commonly these paragraphs either follow the structure of the book under review (chapter by chapter summaries and critiques), or they are topic based, or they are organized according to the reviewer’s main points of criticism/praise.

Watch the video for additional explanations as well as discussion of how to conclude, what details to include in your review, how to provide constructive criticism, and how to make your writing as coherent as possible.

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