One Paragraph Book Reviews: One Person’s Overly Opinionated Review

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a lot of opinions about books. And while I’ve toyed with the idea of writing reviews of some of what I’ve read, I’ve hesitated because

1) writing a full-length book review reminds be a bit too much of the 5th grade book reports I was forced to write (Teacher: “List one thing you liked and one thing you disliked about the book.” / Me: “I’ll just say I hated everything to make it shorter”) and

2) I rarely read book reviews because most of them are so long that if I wanted to spend twenty minutes reading someone’s long winded review of a book I would just buy the stupid thing and read it myself. That being said, sometimes it is helpful to read someone’s opinion on a book (particularly if it’s a novel you’re considering purchasing, as opposed to borrowing). So, I’ve decided to start writing a weekly blog post featuring —ta-da!— “One Paragraph Book Reviews.”

Some guidelines before we get started. My elementary school teacher insisted that a paragraph must contain at least three sentences. For the sake of argument, we’ll go with that. Heck, I’ll be generous and say four sentences, maybe five. Okay? Five sentences. Reviews will be largely my opinions on said novels; they won’t be plot summaries; if you want to know the plot, read the book jacket. Books will be mostly YA, and books I’ve read within the last year. Unless it’s a really, really, good book. Or a really, really terrible one. Suggestions are welcome (please send me suggestions)!
If you’d like see what I might be reviewing in the future you can follow me on GoodReads.

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