Creating a good book review draft

Writing a book review can not be a one draft project. As a professional writing project, the review needs to be polished and refined before it can be sent to an employer. To do this, multiple drafts must be created. The first draft of the book review can be the most difficult of the drafts and product. The first draft requires thought and fresh ideas to create and is made from scratch with no reference to fall back to. It is because of these, creating a first draft needs some guidance.

Book review template

The first review of a book should start with a book review template. A book review template consists of a summary and questions about the book just read. This can also include an analysis of the book and if the book can be recommended or not. This template helps organize thoughts and keep important information remembered as the it is fresh in your mind. While these are typically used by elementary school students to learn how to properly format a book report, they are useful for professionals as well for the reason of organization. Make sure to also write templates as you read to help remember information as it is digested.


After a basic review template is filled out, it is important to write an outline to format the review the way you desire and keep the review focused and on point so that you can keep the reader's attention and don't ramble. The outline can also help organize any additional sources you used to help make your review more insightful and knowledgeable.

The parts of a review

The review's first draft should include an introduction that explains the book and the point of the review, the body that explains a quick summary of the book and then an analysis about the book along with a recommendation and your opinion.

In conclusion

Writing a review should be not be a one draft project. A professional review takes a lot of effort, thought and edits. Writing the first draft is the first step towards that professional result. Start with a basic template with questions to ask and space to write information as you read and important parts to remember. Writing an outline helps you keep your research and thoughts organized and focused so your readers can be focused as well. A professional review takes a lot of edits to be successful and insightful after that first draft.