We've all heard that honest is the best policy. I tend to stick with this policy, most of the time. However, ever since I wrote my review of Tris and Izzie, I've been wondering is honest always necessary. When writing a book review, if you didn't like the book how do you handle it? For the most part if I don't like a book, I usually know this in the begining and I don't finish reading it. A book like Tris and Izzie, kinda snuck up on me because in the beginning I was into it. I kept reading because I just wanted to know how it was going to end.
Reviews are all opinions anyway. Although we are all readers, most of us aren't experts, we just give what we feel about a particular book. People read our reviews and decide if they agree, disagree or just don't care. The problem is, I've actually changed my mind about purchasing or reading a book based on reviews. (Notice I said, reviews not a review. It usually takes quite a few bad reviews to turn me off of a book). This could have a direct impact on the author and that bothers me.
As an aspiring author, I would like for people to read my work and give me rave reviews, praise my style and effort, and crown me the best writer since ___________ (enter your fave writer here). Will that happen, no. Mainly, because everyone has their own preference, what they like and don't like. I'm always interested in constructive critcism to make my writing better, but negative comments do hurt.
So what do you do when some asks for an honest review and you just didn't like the book? Do you "forget" to review the book? Lie and point out just its good points? Or just be totally honest?
I'm very interested in how other bloggers feel about this. Please answer in the comments! Thanks!