Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Book Review

If you've been assigned to do a book review on the book “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen there are a few guidelines you'll want to follow when writing the review. A review isn't always easy, especially if you don't like the book and it's a popular read, but there are ways to review any book without having to rely solely on your own feelings.

Introduce the work

You must always introduce the work you're reviewing. Tell the reader that you are reviewing “Hatchet” by Gary Palulsen and list the original release date and the type of book it is. You then give a brief summary of what the book is about. Keep the summary to two paragraphs, though. This review is not to retell the story but to talk about points in the story.

Introduce themes

After you've summed up the book, tell the reader what the themes in the book are. If you don't know what these are on your own you can always find the themes online and from other reviews. Tell the reader of at least two strong themes in the book and write a four to six sentence paragraph about each. You can cite a source for each of these to make the facts a bit stronger.

Introduce other reviews

If the book has already been reviewed by reputable sources you can list what those people have to say about the book. Quote the other reviews and discuss why you agree or disagree with that review.

Talk about your thoughts

After you've established what the book is about and the series of events in the book you can talk about your thoughts on the book. If you feel it was underdeveloped, tell why and cite passages from the book. If you think the book was able to envelope the reader, list passages in the bookthat were particularly realistic.

End with a strong conclusion

Many people make the mistake of introducing new thoughts into the conclusion, but this is not a mistake you should make. All of your thoughts and opinions should be in the body of the review and should have facts to back them up. A conclusion ends the paper.

When writing a review of any book if you approach it by telling the reader what the themes are in the book and using specific passages from the book, you can present your ideas in a professional manner. Use this as a basic guide for writing book reviews you may be assigned.