How to write a LONG, ACCURATE, Review.

Hey guys,

Today I wanted to talk about something important. Eh, nevermind, important sounds too serious. I guess we’ll call it serious *Nods while still doubting myself*

A couple days ago, when I was mindlessly scrolling through reviews of “Red Queen” on Goodreads,  I came upon something interesting.  Almost ALL of the reviews were just simple single-spaced sentences, and after spending five minutes angrily seeing the short reviews, I realized it bothered me.  One of the problems I have with a LOT of book bloggers out there is that they don’t expand on their thoughts in their posts.

Almost ALL of the reviews were short, tremendously short. And after spending five minutes angrily seeing the short reviews, I realized it bothered me.

That was a month ago.

One of the problems I have with a LOT of book bloggers out there is that they don’t expand in their reviews.

Now I have nothing against short, brief, reviews.  But, if the reviewer doesn’t go into detail about how they feel about a particular book, the review just feels wrong and fake.  This led me to the post idea for today, How to write a GOOD REVIEW. Or, more specifically How to write a LONG, ACCURATE, review.

To start off, I’d like to give two examples. One good, and one bad. (I’ll let you decide which review was the better one)

Example ONE:
REVIEW- Randomness by Random Random
The characters were interesting
The world was just “eh”
The storyline was GREAT.
I pictured Michael Gambon as the villain. (Just thought you’d want to know)
Rating: 5/5 Potatoes.


Example TWO:
REVIEW-Randomness by Random random
One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because all of the characters were easy to love. They all had flaws but still managed to do the best they could in the situation. The diversity really helped engage me in the story, as well as see ALL sides to the story.
While the characters were great, the world didn’t do it for me. Often times It would feel as if the setting was being rushed, and that it was more of a hindrance than a help to the story. It also didn’t help that the characters never stayed in more than one place for more than a day.
My FAVORITE thing about this book has GOT to be the Storyline. It’s just so original. Just when you think there’s nothing else in store for a particular character, BAM. They’re dead.
Overall this book was amazing and I HIGHLY suggest it.
5/5 Potatoes

Which one was better?


If you guessed the second one, you’re right!

(BTW, sorry not sorry for the annoying/amazing Loki gif) :)

Reviewer: But HOW do I expand Jared?

Me: *Smiles* The answer is pretty obvious.

If you’re from the good ol’ U.S. you probably know this, and if not, you’ll probably know this too.

Anyone remember Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions they used to teach us in school? If you REALLY want that review long, start comparing themes of the story to these questions to spark up some thoughts.

For those who are confused, refer to the graphic below.

AN Example.

WHO: Who were the characters in Harry Potter?

What: What were the characters like in Harry Potter? Who was strong, who was weak?

When: When were your characters at their best?

Where: Where were your characters challenenged? Who won, who lost?

Why: Why were the characters the way they were? What did they do? What were their drives to do the things they did.

How: How did you feel about the characters by the end of the book. Happy? Sad? Confused?

Get it?

Thank’s for reading this semi-longish post. Hopefully, this will help you as you review your next book. Thank’s for READING. My  names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon.


8 thoughts on “How to write a LONG, ACCURATE, Review.

  1. I’m just curious…did you meant to say Example One was better? Because that seems to contradict what made you angry about the reviews for Red Queen. O.o

    Something that seems to help me to write longer, more accurate reviews is to take notes as I go along, either on my phone or via the Goodreads app. Having those in the moment notes to refer back to when I’m writing the full review helps me to remember what I was feeling and thinking as I read, rather than trying to recall and misremembering.

  2. I try to talk about the characters and the plot for every book I review, and include the setting too if I had strong opinions on it. If it had romance, I’ll probably critique that too.

  3. I thought example 2 was better! I actually have a problem with too-long reviews, because I have so many emotions. But yeah, like you, I find short ‘I liked this’ or ‘I didn’t like this’ statements really annoying because I want to know WHY this aspect was good or bad, instead of that it was. This is a really helpful post!
    Also I’m not from the US but we learned a lot about the Who What Where Why and How when I was in primary and middle school ( I’m now in high school mwahahaha)

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