Ending Book summary with a Question

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Ending Book summary with a Question

Post by Rosemary Wright » 20 Dec 2017, 03:03

Hi,

I'm just checking to avoid losing marks in my review. I've seen reviews having the book summary end with a question.

For example,
"............... Mike is now devastated. Will he survive the troubles?"

I hope you understand me. Thanks.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 20 Dec 2017, 05:03

Yes, I think this is an excellent way to attract readers to the book; we continue reading because we want to know the answers to the questions posed by the narrative. I have seen and used this often.
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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 20 Dec 2017, 05:11

Interesting point. My personal hunch is that it would be fine (and appropriate) if the book ended on a cliffhanger, but I'm not so sure otherwise.
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Post by Rosemary Wright » 20 Dec 2017, 05:50

ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 05:03
Hi, I would be more inclined to put the questions in the part about the plot summary, which would normally be nearer to the beginning of the review. Hopefully someone else can tell you more about what might not fly.
Thanks ButterscotchCherrie. Putting the questions in the plot summary is also a great idea.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 20 Dec 2017, 05:57

Lincolnshirelass wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 05:11
Interesting point. My personal hunch is that it would be fine (and appropriate) if the book ended on a cliffhanger, but I'm not so sure otherwise.
Thanks Lincolnshirelass. Using questions to end a book summary when the book ends on a cliffhanger seems okay.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 20 Dec 2017, 05:59

Rosemary Wright wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 05:50
Putting the questions in the plot summary is also a great idea.
Sorry, for some reason my reading comprehension was on the fritz when I first replied to your post ( I thought you were asking about ending the review with a question). :? So I have edited my first response!

Anyway, I think it's great to end a book summary with a question.

Need more caffeine ...

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 20 Dec 2017, 06:24

ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 05:59
Rosemary Wright wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 05:50
Putting the questions in the plot summary is also a great idea.
Sorry, for some reason my reading comprehension was on the fritz when I first replied to your post ( I thought you were asking about ending the review with a question). :? So I have edited my first response!

Anyway, I think it's great to end a book summary with a question.

Need more caffeine ...
It's alright. Thanks for helping me out. :D 👍

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Post by Dolor » 20 Dec 2017, 20:25

Ending the book summary with a question could trigger the audience to read the book in order to find out the answer to that cliffhanger question. All my volunteer review summaries ended with questions.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 21 Dec 2017, 01:58

Dolor wrote:
20 Dec 2017, 20:25
Ending the book summary with a question could trigger the audience to read the book in order to find out the answer to that cliffhanger question. All my volunteer review summaries ended with questions.
Thank you. Your reply is a great help. :D

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