15% off today

from a verified trusted writer

total: $11.23
Book critique writing

Book critique writing: how to write a critical analysis

A book critique differs from a book review in that it focuses heavily on a writer's evaluation and critique of a work, as well as its scholarly merit. A book review on the other hand may provide only a simple review or discussion of the book for potential readers. Also in book reviews a recommendation is normally warranted by the reviewer as well as a more detailed summary of events and details. This is mainly due in part to the fact that many book reviews are written based on the assumption that the reader has not yet read the book whereas a book critique is usually the opposite of that.
Additionally, book critiques are often done on books that pertain to a specific field or discipline. These critiques allow for researchers, professionals, or other interested parties to gain other perspectives on a work and possibly add to an ongoing discussion of it as well as evaluate its contribution to a field of study or discipline.
*Note that a book critique may also be on a book that is not specifically connected to a field or discipline.

Critical analysis

When formulating any critical analysis of writing, the obvious focal point will be on evaluating how well the author worked in achieving his purpose. The organization of the book as well as the evidence presented, connections to the main idea, research, and other elements of good writing are all taken under consideration when evaluating a book. To begin, the first and most important step is to thoroughly read the work and take excellent notes.

Preparing for your critique

Read the work and take substantial notes

This factor cannot be emphasized enough as excellent note taking and concentrated reading promotes proper comprehension as well as the ability to make key observations and acknowledgments. These observations set the groundwork for your argument by giving you a sufficient amount of evidence and 'ammunition' to fuel your critique.

Identify the main objective of the author

The key objective, message, or thesis of the author should be made clear to you very early on in the writing. Its important to record this and make any important notations as one of the primary things you will be evaluating is how well this message was relayed or this objective was accomplished by the author.
*If you are not sure of the objective or the message then this is a great flaw on behalf of the author and should be addressed.

List the author's key points in your own words

If you prefer you can save this step for later- but if not fulfilled during the note taking process, take a few minutes to re-write the major points discussed in the book. This will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the text as well as prepare you for your first draft.

Record your lasting impressions

After reading, step back from the work and try to articulate in the best manner possible the final message of the author and the impression that he/she left on you as a reader. All of the pieces of the puzzle might not fall into place right away so it may take for you to leave the book and come back to it to fully grasp the author's point. This step is important and should not be overlooked. Exercises such as this also do a good job of allowing you to gain a better understanding of the author's tone and style.

Create an outline for your critique

Your outline will quickly propel you to writing your first draft while insuring that all major points are addressed. Below is a sample outline for your book critique.


The introduction of your critique may include some or all of the following components;


Provide a brief synopsis of the book and its major events and arguments. For a review this would be larger section but assuming that readers are familiar with the work you simply need to provide some basic descriptions of what is covered.

Background information on the author and his works

Its important to note this as well as publication information (for some forms of critiques) in the beginning of your paper. You can just provide a brief bio of the author such as his academic achievements and professional accomplishments as well as any other publications he has authored.

Author's main message, theme, or thesis

Clearly identify the author's message and how it develops throughout the paper. Essentially these are all the key points you will be critiquing so be sure to be clear about them and place them in the order in which you will address them.
*You may also want to indicate a general commentary about the book and your evaluation of it to indicate to the reader what to expect in terms of a critique. Obviously the best critique is the one that is unbiased but since we all have some type of bias when writing providing a general commentary informs the reader of the basic direction that you are headed and your overall take on the piece.


The body of your critique should properly illustrate your main argument and provide supportive evidences for each claim. This section will also include quotations of the author to illustrate specific points or aide readers in identifying the author's overall message and objective.

The author's methodology

Discuss how the author approaches the subject matter and any unique or innovative methods used as well as how his or her's methods relate to others in a similar discipline or genre.
For example; 'Johnson provides an intriguing take on the civil war by incorporating recollections of children and teens as opposed to soldiers and major authors and writers.'

Dissect the author's argument

When providing a critical analysis avoid trying to give attention to every intriguing argument that the book presents. Instead dissect the book as a whole or the author's argument, into a few clear points. This will make it easier to address each and properly provide evidence to support claims.

Evaluation of the author's work

This can be done by taking each point that you have identified and making a general statement about it (or a topic/main idea statement) and then support that statement with evidence from the work. After you provide evidence you can then evaluate the work by making a judgment or claim regarding it.
*Your evaluation differs from an analysis in that an analysis is non-judgmental and fact based, but an evaluation, though it also should include facts or evidence, makes a judgment or an assessment (such as good, fair, poor) on a particular point.


In the conclusion of your critique you can state your position on the author's viewpoints, provide some summarizing details (such as the key points discussed in the body of your paper and the author's main objective) as well as the author's overall contribution to the field and the weight of his work in comparison to others covering similar subject matters.
Other points to consider in formulating your critique are whether or not you want to state any personal bias you have towards the subject and how that may have affected your analysis; or any biases you have identified in the author's work that is considerable to note and be aware of.

Our TOP writers

TOP 10
Writer 155864
ID 155864

Master's in Project Management, PMP, Six Sigma

Rating 97.2%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 155864

2643 written pages

294 orders

265 a+ papers

My Master’s degree and comprehensive writing experience allow me to complete any order fast and hit the nail on the head every time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 85466
ID 85466


Rating 97.6%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 85466

6854 written pages

2287 orders

2173 a+ papers

I am experienced writer with an MBA, PMP, ITIL, that consistently delivers unique, quality papers. I take pride in my experience and quickness.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 99423
ID 99423

MS in Human Resource Management

Rating 98.5%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 99423

13742 written pages

1964 orders

1807 a+ papers

I hold a MS degree in Human Resource and my goal is to help students with flawless, unique papers, delivered on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 121526
ID 121526


Rating 99.3%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (6) about writer 121526

2494 written pages

499 orders

434 a+ papers

As Registered Nurse (RN, PCN), I can quickly deal with any medical paper. My expertise and writing skills are perfect for this job.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 158902
ID 158902


Rating 97.9%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 158902

854 written pages

107 orders

95 a+ papers

I have MPA, MHA degrees but, most importantly, experience and skills to provide unique, well-written papers on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 125292
ID 125292


Rating 99.5%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 125292

3365 written pages

481 orders

471 a+ papers

I can write about multiple areas and countless topics, as I have a DNP and BA degrees. High-quality writing is my second name.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 128170
ID 128170

PhD in American History

Rating 99.5%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 128170

4290 written pages

537 orders

521 a+ papers

A PhD in American history comes handy. Unique papers, any topics, swift delivery — helping with academic writing is my passion.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 127980
ID 127980


Rating 99.2%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 127980

2043 written pages

409 orders

384 a+ papers

Incredibly fast PsyD writer. Efficient paper writing for college. Hundreds of different tasks finished. Satisfaction guaranteed.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 47072
ID 47072


Rating 99.2%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 47072

15067 written pages

3768 orders

3354 a+ papers

Top-ranked writer with tons of experience. Ready to take on any task, and make it unique, as well as objectively good. Always ready!

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 117750
ID 117750


Rating 97.4%
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 117750

13974 written pages

1997 orders

1817 a+ papers

Experienced Social Work expert focused on good writing, total uniqueness, and customer satisfaction. My goal — to help YOU.

hire writer

Buy your papers from the best writing service

Have your tasks done by our professionals to get the best possible results.

total: $11.23

NO Billing information is kept with us. You pay through secure and verified payment systems.


All papers we provide are of the highest quality with a well-researched material, proper format and citation style.


Our 24/7 Support team is available to assist you at any time. You also can communicate with your writer during the whole process.


You are the single owner of the completed order. We DO NOT resell any papers written by our expert


All orders are done from scratch following your instructions. Also, papers are reviewed for plagiarism and grammar mistakes.


You can check the quality of our work by looking at various paper examples in the Samples section on our website.

Special price $11.23/page
Place an order
more than 63,000 times students trusted us to write their papers
9 out of 10 customers recommend us*
92% of our customers have placed more than 7 orders
*data is based on 6,568 customers' feedback received from Jan 1, 2017 till Jan 1, 2018.
Special price $11.23/page
Place an order
Customer #4681

I appreciate good service above all, and your support agents ticked all the boxes in my 'perfect service' list! The girl I talked to was nice and professional, quickly assigned my history essay to a writer, and was overall very pleasant to talk to. And yeah, I got an A for the essay so kudos to the writer!

Customer #4501

I'm not exactly what you'd call an exemplary student. Yeah, I like reading and things like that, but when it comes to essays - it's like I forget how to put words together. It's not the first time I'm asking your writers for help, and they've yet to let me down!

Estimated Deadline: Tuesday, Jun 20 9:20 PM in Your timezone
Total price: $11.23
Price starts from $11.23
Regular discounts and offers
Excellent results guaranteed
Professional 24/7 support

Free samples of our work

There are different types of essays: narrative, persuasive, compare\contrast, definition and many many others. They are written using a required citation style, where the most common are APA and MLA. We want to share some of the essays samples written on various topics using different citation styles.

Hey, you...Yes, you! Don’t you want to get your Discount?
Your discount will be
sent to the email!

I have read and agree to the Terms of Use, Money Back Guarantee, Privacy and Cookie Policy of BestCustomWriting.com

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Use your opportunity to get a discount!

To get your special discount, write your email below

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Best papers and best prices!

Want to get quality paper done on time cheaper?

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot