Want to submit a review of a rainbow book to be featured in the Out on the Shelves zine?
Write your review and send to outontheshelves.insideout.org.nz with “Out on the Shelves Review” in the subject line. Please include:
- The details of the book you are reviewing
- Whether or not you would like to be identified, and if so what name you would like us to use
- A note of any spoilers mentioned in the review
Tips For Writing a Book Review
So you’ve just finished a rainbow book and you want to write a review, but you’re not sure how to start? These tips will help you become a book review superstar in no time! Alternatively, use the templates on our School Resources page to help you craft a great review.
1. Start with a brief summary
This is where you introduce the book. You want to keep it short and you don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Focus your summary around:
- What is the main concept (or idea) of the book?
- What is the main conflict?
- Who are the main characters?
This would be a good place to introduce us to the rainbow features of the book.
This is where you tell us your opinion of the book. Include short quotes from the book to support your points – for example, if you say that you loved a character because they were funny then include a quote that shows us this.
Focus your evaluation around:
- What worked well? (e.g. the characters? The theme? The author’s writing style? How relatable it was?)
- What (if anything) didn’t work well?
This is where you summarise your main points and your opinion of the book.
Focus your conclusion around:
- Overall, what did you think of the book?
- Who would you recommend this book to?
4. Rainbow Rating
Forget stars – we’re all about rainbows! Give the book a rainbow rating out of 5, with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. If you want, include a short sentence on why you decided on this rating, e.g. 4/5 rainbows because even though the ending wasn’t what I’d hoped for, the main characters were so much fun to read about!