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Writing Book Reviews: 10 Guidelines

As both a writer and a reader you'd think that writing a book review -- particularly for a friend's book -- should be easy. It's not. When friendship is involved, you don't want to sound negative even if you didn't care for the book, but on the other hand, you don't want to mislead the person reading the review before deciding to purchase the book. Talk about walking a high wire! There's no net below you on this, either. What's a person to do? Well, the same things you should do if you didn't know the author personally -- Accentuate the positive, allude to the negative briefly. Why, well, because what you don't like in a book is probably entirely different from what a reader may like or not