Note: this article has been updated in April 2017.
When assigned to write a critique of a novel, be sure you understand the specification of this task: writing a critique and writing a review are far from the same.
What is the difference?
- A book review = its summary aimed at telling readers about the plot.
- A book (novel) critique = its analysis aimed at critical responding and evaluating its quality.
Each new year brings with it a sense of opportunity, new beginnings, and a freshness not otherwise felt. To a select group of parents and students though, it also brings feelings of terror, panic, dread and unease. What could possibly mar this otherwise perfect time of year?
College admission essays.
Is this much-feared task really worthy of all the drama it generates? Absolutely. A student with perfect grades and test scores can easily get tossed into the reject pile if the essay isn’t up to snuff. On the other hand, a top-notch essay can save an otherwise underachiever.