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Stuck writing a book review on "Tuesdays with Morrie". Can you provide some guidance?

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To be honest, writing book reviews can be challenging, even for writers who love to read.  It can feel difficult to strike the right balance between objective observations about a book, critical discussion of the book, and subjective opinion of the book. This is especially true when the book is a highly emotional one like Tuesdays with Morrie, which is beloved by many readers. You also have to consider the approach that you are taking in your book review.  Are you writing the review for readers, in general, or with a specific audience in mind?  To get an idea about what a book review for the novel you have chosen should be, we suggest checking out some book reviews of that novel.

The first thing you want to do is decide how you feel about the book?  Would you recommend it to other readers?  What are your reasons for coming to that decision?  Knowing that position can help you form the rest of your book review.  Tuesdays with Morrie is a book that is beloved by most readers and reviewers, but it is also reviled by a not insignificant number of people.  Do not feel pressured to change your opinion if it differs from the reviews that you find, but be prepared to back up that opinion with evidence from the book.

Begin your book review with a hook- something to capture the reader’s attention about the book.  Include basic information such as the title of the book, the author’s name, and the date of publication.  Next, you want to include a summary of the plot, but without revealing any major spoilers.  Give reasons that you liked or disliked the book.  You want to appear balanced, so even if you disliked the book try to include positives and include critique if you liked the book.  Then, include your recommendation of whether people should read the book or skip it and a rating if applicable. 

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