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Sample Outline for a Book Review

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Introductory Paragraph

  • Identify the title, the author, and the publisher of the book.
  • Summarize the main idea/theme of the book you are reviewing in one or two sentences.
  • Write your thesis (what you think of the book).
    • Example: I loved the book but I had some problems with it.
    • Example: I thought the book has useful information for parents of deaf children.

Body Paragraph(s)

  • Summarize the important points of the book (This can be one or several paragraphs.)
    • Use quotes or paraphrases from the book to prove your points.
    • Use MLA style formatting.
  • Evaluate (This can be one or several paragraphs.)
    • Explain the writer’s purpose for writing the book. Give your opinion on whether the writer achieved her/his purpose in writing the book.
    • Criticize/praise the book
  • Explain to your audience if you thought the book was entertaining or boring, has good characters or unrealistic characters, has thorough information or inadequate information.
    • Use quotes or paraphrases from the book to prove your points.
    • Use MLA style formatting.


  • Review the main points of your argument.
  • Remind the reader of your thesis (whether or not you thought the book was good).

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