Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Five-Word Book Reviews

Okay, this is just for kicks and giggles. I’ve seen people who write short-short reviews (or summaries) for movies, so I thought I’d give it a whirl with BOOKS. I mean, really short. As in, five words long…er, short.

Can we summarize the essence of a book in 5 words? Let’s try.

Here are my attempts:
Charlotte’s Web: Pig lives, thanks to spider.
Scorpio Races: Night mares rise from the sea.
Lord of the Flies: Island of boys, primal instincts.
1984: Big Brother is watching you.
What’s Left of Me: Double souls, one doesn’t fade.
13 Reasons Why: Tapes reveal reasons for suicide.
The Body Institute: Losing weight FOR other people.

Can you describe these (or other) popular books in only FIVE WORDS? 
Gone With the Wind
Pride and Prejudice
Hunger Games
Maze Runner
The Book Thief
The Giver
Looking For Alaska
City of Bones
If I Stay
Hush, Hush
Imaginary Girls
Treasure Island
Howl’s Moving Castle
Shatter Me
A Wrinkle in Time
The Lightning Thief
Doll Bones
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Golden Compass
Harriet the Spy
Bridge to Terabitha
The Hobbit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Go ahead! Give it a whirl in the comments. Do a completely different book if you want.
Have you heard of these books—did you recognize them even without the authors listed?
Can you summarize your OWN books you’ve written in just five words?


  1. I love seeing what people come up with, but I just can't seem to think of anything under six words. :-P

  2. Your reviews are great! That's quite a challenge.

  3. I don't think I can say good morning in five words. And I don't consider myself overly wordy. ;O)

  4. haha These are great! I like your description for 13 Reasons Why. Let's see....

    Hunger Games: Kids kill kids for entertainment.

  5. Hatchet: Plane crash, boy in wilderness. This isn't easy.

  6. Gone With the Wind: Epic south civil war drama

  7. Those are awesome! You're good at this. :)

  8. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: Kids, wardrobe, secret winter world.

    Nope, not easy.

  9. Divergent: Not everyone fits in factions. (Using just five words can be difficult.)


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