Young Adult Librarians have two kinds book reviews sources for professional and amateur reviewers’ purposes. They can add the books to their library’s collections by reading reviews that write about the plot and characters. It doesn’t have to just be used for what is in the book but how it will attract new readers. I analyzed reviews from Publishers weekly, Booklist,Kirkus(Professional reviewers) and Teenreads, Mission Viejo Library Teen Voice and RT Book reviews(amateur reviews) for books Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Simon vs. Homo sapien Agend by Becky Albertalli. I found the following:
- Professional reviews are short and to the point while amateur reviews are more personal with more to say.
- Librarians benefit from both professional and amateur reviews because while each covers the topics they have their own idea of what makes the book good or bad.
- Amateur reviews are not about a specific target while professionals are targeted to librarians, teachers, or parents.
- Reader’s advisory is a skill every public librarian should have and it is my opinion that along with reading books reviews can provide a voice to a new book they haven’t had the chance to read.
- The amateur reviews did more than summarize the book and actually gave commentary. Professionals review had a different approach as they did not give commentary. Book reviews with commentary are from one reader’s opinion so it doesn’t hurt to add it.