The Reviewer's Dilemma: What to say about a book you didn't like

How many times have you been asked to write a book review, but had to decline because you just didn't like the book? If this has happened to you more than once, you're not alone. We've all found ourselves in that position before. However, declining an assignment doesn't necessarily mean you can't write an effective book review. You just need to know how to do it in the right way so that your review can be constructive and meet the expectations of your readers and your employer at the same time.


Why do we write reviews?

Most people read book reviews because they want to read something entertaining. If you write a review that simply states what it was about and if you liked it or not, then why bother reading them? On one hand, we could provide direct summaries of what we think, but that’s boring and tedious for most people. On another hand, we could just describe our thoughts in general terms, however many people don’t know what is considered good writing. Constructive criticism is important for both readers and writers alike; therefore reviewing books can be considered helpful due to its ability to engage audiences by providing constructive criticism on books or even genres which might be up-and-coming. There are plenty of book review sites out there which cover a wide range of topics. So when you sit down to read your next book, do yourself a favor and check out some reviews before diving into your next read! It will help broaden your horizons as well as give you an idea of whether or not it’s worth reading at all!


An honest, constructive criticism is always appreciated by writers.

The next time you write a review for a book or product, try writing it as if it were your honest opinion. An honest, constructive criticism is always appreciated by writers. Not only will your review provide them with helpful feedback, but it also will give readers insight into what books are worth their time and money. And although being critical may sound negative in itself, remember that receiving negative reviews is actually just as important as getting positive ones. Even if your review was critical of something someone wrote or created, telling them how they can improve helps everyone in the long run. Book reviews can be thoughtful and insightful—or they can be ugly slogs through boredom and apathy.


Avoid giving too much away.

Even when we have to provide constructive criticism, it’s always important not to spoil things for our readers. There are two main reasons for that. Firstly, a review should be something you would want your friends and family members to read – wouldn’t you want them to finish watching a movie before they read what other people thought of it? Secondly, even if you don’t mind spoilers in reviews, remember that most people prefer to make their own decisions about whether or not they like something. You might think your book is awful because there was too much romance in it (or too little), but someone else might love that very same book because of exactly those same elements. As long as you avoid giving away key plot points and twists in your book reviews, then everyone can enjoy reading them!


Key takeaway from the author.

As an avid reader, I have often been frustrated by books I had trouble finishing or simply did not enjoy. However, writing honest reviews of these books has always felt uncomfortable because of my fear that saying something negative will offend or hurt someone who poured their heart and soul into writing their story. But here is where I can stop being afraid; I would rather put myself out there than read another poorly written novel that leaves me feeling unsatisfied with my reading experience and angry at myself for reading such a waste of time. That is why, now more than ever, we need honest reviewers who are willing to share their thoughts no matter how controversial they may be. Therefore it is now my personal policy as a reviewer not to hold back on anything—but especially not criticism—when reviewing books.


Final thoughts on the book.

This is your chance to share your opinions on what could be done better. Did you think it was badly written, or full of mistakes? Did you find that something was missing? Whatever it is, use your review as an opportunity to tell people what they should do when they get their hands on a copy. This helps other readers decide whether or not they will enjoy it themselves.








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