Remember, it’s not unusual to feel anxious while waiting for your review, but allow your reviewer the allotted time they’ve requested. This ensures your book gets the proper attention it deserves. Once reviewed, be gracious and thank them for reviewing your book.
Having enjoyed the previous two books, I had eagerly awaited The Golden Age of Charli: GPS to not only become reacquainted with Charli and her world but also to learn new things about her. Jena C. Henry is to be applauded for succeeding at writing a book that provides a delightful slice of life that will satiate readers’ appetites for excellence.
The Los Angeles Review of Books
By return email I got a defensive and snippy email back in which she accused me of wanting her to embellish the story (not true at all) and pointed out all the awards she’d won for a different kind of writing and also the award(s) she’d won for this indie book. Of course, awards are funny things. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch arrived to critical acclaim and a Pulitzer, but I was in good company in my dislike of the book–the New Yorker, the Paris Review and New York Times Review of Books (among other literary critics) all disliked it, too. So go figure.
Readers sometimes confuse book reviews with book reports, but the two are not identical. Book reports commonly describe what happens in a work; their focus is primarily on giving an account of the major plot, characters, and/or main idea of the work. Most often, book reports are a K-12 assignment and range from 250 to 500 words. If you are looking to write a book report, please see the OWL resource, Writing a Book Report.My dilemma was that if I reviewed the book honestly it would not be a good review. It would be a bad review. Not that my review was going to carry massive weight, but it would live out there on the internet forever. Yet she was expecting a review. Since she was a professional writer of a different kind, I figured she’d been edited and could take the truth. So when she inquired about my review, I told her about my dilemma and gently but directly explained the trouble I had with the book and that I would not be reviewing it.