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Tell Me Now, I Need to Know Now

Last week, I briefly mentioned We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, 2014).

And in drafting and thinking about the actual review, I realized I needed your input.

Not just about We Were Liars; but, well, about reviews in general.

When, ideally, do you like to read a review?

Do you want to read it before the publication date?

If so, how far before?

Or, do you want it on the publication date?

Or do you want to read it after the publication date?

If so, how far after?

You can either answer here, or Click here to take survey. The survey has a couple of other questions (who you are, how you use reviews.)

I’ll use these to help decide when to schedule the reviews for the books I read.


About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Ooo, what a thoughtful question!

    My favorite time to read reviews is either just before publication or when a book is fresh off the press. If it’s too far before publication, I get all excited about the book and then get sad because I have to mark the release date on my calendar… which, okay, isn’t a *huge* hardship, but I’m an instant-gratification junkie.

    • Elizabeth Burns says:

      Erica, thanks!

      This seems to be the general consensus. So I won’t be making too many changes to when I post.