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I feared this may happen. I knew reading was a dangerous business, but now it's not safe for writers either! You see, the author of this book is missing. Well, maybe not "missing." A certain author whom I won't name (okay, me) has abandoned his book and has left his readers hanging out to dry. This is a crime, I admit, but there it is. Most of this book, well, I just haven I feared this may happen. I knew reading was a dangerous business, but now it's not safe for writers either! You see, the author of this book is missing. Well, maybe not "missing." A certain author whom I won't name (okay, me) has abandoned his book and has left his readers hanging out to dry. This is a crime, I admit, but there it is. Most of this book, well, I just haven't written it. And I'm not going to, either. Why? Oh, I have my reasons. Big. Grown up. Author. Reasons. Unfortunately, I can't reveal them yet. Let's just say a life is at stake (mine) and leave it at that. So will you do it? Pretty please? You'll do it? Thank you! But please hurry! Time is of the essence and you can't wait any longer. You must WRITE THIS BOOK! This imaginative companion to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series teases, prompts, and leads readers through the steps of writing a story. Bosch's signature rip-roaring voice delivers an engaging narrative (for the reader to help complete!) and interactive puzzles and games. Readers get the chance to create their own story while enjoying a satisfying mystery as well.


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I feared this may happen. I knew reading was a dangerous business, but now it's not safe for writers either! You see, the author of this book is missing. Well, maybe not "missing." A certain author whom I won't name (okay, me) has abandoned his book and has left his readers hanging out to dry. This is a crime, I admit, but there it is. Most of this book, well, I just haven I feared this may happen. I knew reading was a dangerous business, but now it's not safe for writers either! You see, the author of this book is missing. Well, maybe not "missing." A certain author whom I won't name (okay, me) has abandoned his book and has left his readers hanging out to dry. This is a crime, I admit, but there it is. Most of this book, well, I just haven't written it. And I'm not going to, either. Why? Oh, I have my reasons. Big. Grown up. Author. Reasons. Unfortunately, I can't reveal them yet. Let's just say a life is at stake (mine) and leave it at that. So will you do it? Pretty please? You'll do it? Thank you! But please hurry! Time is of the essence and you can't wait any longer. You must WRITE THIS BOOK! This imaginative companion to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series teases, prompts, and leads readers through the steps of writing a story. Bosch's signature rip-roaring voice delivers an engaging narrative (for the reader to help complete!) and interactive puzzles and games. Readers get the chance to create their own story while enjoying a satisfying mystery as well.

30 review for Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    It's great. I'd honestly give more stars if it were possible! I don't know. I guess I just really enjoyed writing my own mystery guided by P.B.'s snark, sarcastic but ultimately entertaining tone. God, don't read this review. I speak of nonsense. I'm in a half-awake (or half-asleep?) state. But it's just /that/ good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Yes, go ahead. Write this book. You can do it. P. Bosch will help you. It will be fun. Maybe more fun than reading a book. Go ahead. Write it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    my ten-year-old stayed up till 3 am last night reading and writing this book! i could not love this more. thank you so much for turning on a new night-owl reader, and writer! GAH I AM SO EXCITED.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    “The good thing about writing fiction is that you get to make everything up. The bad thing is that you have to.” Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars Overall Thoughts: I really enjoyed this quick little break from my ordinary, more intense reading. Pseudonymous Bosch was one of childhood authors, and I always loved the footnotes and writing style in general of his, and this book was no exception. If anything, this book had even more footnotes, and even more of his personality seeping into it. I loved the “The good thing about writing fiction is that you get to make everything up. The bad thing is that you have to.” Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars Overall Thoughts: I really enjoyed this quick little break from my ordinary, more intense reading. Pseudonymous Bosch was one of childhood authors, and I always loved the footnotes and writing style in general of his, and this book was no exception. If anything, this book had even more footnotes, and even more of his personality seeping into it. I loved the book just for that, and not even considering the potentially invaluable information the book can hold for younger readers. Since this is not an ‘ordinary’ book, this will also not be an ordinary review. The Good: Has some pretty good information, and is also extremely funny and engaging for readers! Even though I already was taught the same things in my high school English classes, I still enjoyed it, and see it’s worth for younger readers wanting an interesting way to learn about the writing process, or test out their skills using the “assignments” within the book! The Bad: It is not a “real” book. It has a semblance of a story, but that is not the main point of this book at all. Most of it’s qualities rest in teaching people to write better, or give an insight into how Pseudonymous Bosch writes. What this book can teach: This book covers most of the basics of writing, from POV (superbly explained by calling 3rd POV an observation, “he broke the glass,” 2nd POV an accusation, “you broke the glass,” and 1st POV a confession, “I broke the glass.”), to genre, using direct examples of Gothic, Fantasy, and Classic Crime in combination with Mystery to show the difference a genre can make on a book. It also speaks of the technical aspects of a book, from title to epigraph to copyright page (and of course, the importance of pseudonyms). However, even if you know all that, the little assignments can be pretty cool writing practice, and the book is even just interesting because of Bosch’s humor. A combination of funny footnotes, interruptions from Quiche the bunny, and “procrastination pages” that are way too true about writers, had me hooked the entire time, even if the information was all just repeat. This review can also be found on my blog: https://paragraphsandpages.wordpress....

  5. 4 out of 5

    haley

    The Secret Series is one of my all-time favorites. But I feel that Bosch's later work (this book and Bad Magic) doesn't quite live up to The Secret Series. I can't give this less than three stars as Bosch is one of my favorite authors. It's great if you like writing stories. I enjoy writing, but if you are more into reading stories, this probably isn't for you. On the plus side, if you are a novice writer, this book has a lot of great tips not to mention the book has Bosch's trademark voice that The Secret Series is one of my all-time favorites. But I feel that Bosch's later work (this book and Bad Magic) doesn't quite live up to The Secret Series. I can't give this less than three stars as Bosch is one of my favorite authors. It's great if you like writing stories. I enjoy writing, but if you are more into reading stories, this probably isn't for you. On the plus side, if you are a novice writer, this book has a lot of great tips not to mention the book has Bosch's trademark voice that his writing has. Overall, a pretty good book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    1403Anna

    Anyone who's read PB's previous books know just how entertaining and engaging they are. I almost felt embarrased to be finishing such an amazing author's book. Mainly because I lack a typwriting rabbit, but for other reasons as well. A reader simply cannot do justice to this...whatever you want to call it. That being said, this book offers priceless advice at being a successful writer as well as a not so successful writer. I feel the most helpful tips were the ones associated with chocolate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Galion Public Library Teens

    Review by A.H. : "Write This Book is truly a fun addition to Bosch's books, giving us a better idea of his creative process. Perfect for the aspiring writer (me), the novel perfectly balances a mix of creative freedom & careful guidance. As this balance is traditionally hard to capture, the book is a good testimony to Bosch's skill. Personally, I would say that this book taught me a considerable amount, from characters to plot map and dynamic endings. All in all, I would say that Bosch did an in Review by A.H. : "Write This Book is truly a fun addition to Bosch's books, giving us a better idea of his creative process. Perfect for the aspiring writer (me), the novel perfectly balances a mix of creative freedom & careful guidance. As this balance is traditionally hard to capture, the book is a good testimony to Bosch's skill. Personally, I would say that this book taught me a considerable amount, from characters to plot map and dynamic endings. All in all, I would say that Bosch did an incredible job leading & teaching writing skills to potential novelists."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Esi ✨

    It has been years since i've read the Secret series but i remember how much i loved it. So when i saw this in the bookstore the other day, i bought it without a second thought. And i'm glad i did! This was such a fun book, i couldn't put it down! I have never tried one of those diy books that have been popular for the last couple of years so i can't really compare this to them... But this book was not only fun to read and write, it also actually taught me some really quality writing stuff :D

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lyra

    With snarky footnotes, chocolate, and procrastination tips, it's everything I love. Also - I had to borrow it from the kids after listening to them alternating between genuine chuckles and evil laughs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    👍 I love this series. It has been my go to read and has become one my favorite series. I was so excited to start reading this book,but then I realized it will a make it your own. I don't like make it your own,but that is 👍. I love this series and i can't wait to read book seven

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I should have stopped when I saw do-it-yourself

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I bought this book to see if it could help me teach my grade 5 students to write mystery stories. The author gives helpful hints and suggestions for writing a mystery. Cleverly written.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A very great book, but it is more easely understood after having read the secret series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    The name of my characters are Aliee and Zoey and there parents are Cass and Yo-Yoji

  15. 4 out of 5

    BrittainX

    Nice book for kids. Loved it when I was a preteen and still enjoy rereading it. Covers all the basics, but might be a bit too intrusive if you're actually trying to write with it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anuar

    Anuar Bessam ‘16 Write This Book by Pseudonymous Bosch An author has gone missing, and the only two kids who know about it are about to embark on a journey. I would tell you their names and other details of the plot, but that’s it. That’s all that’s been written so far. Because you are going to be the one to write this book. You are going to get tips from the writer of the Secret Series. You will create your own characters from scratch, and fill in the blanks in their story. Literally. If you are Anuar Bessam ‘16 Write This Book by Pseudonymous Bosch An author has gone missing, and the only two kids who know about it are about to embark on a journey. I would tell you their names and other details of the plot, but that’s it. That’s all that’s been written so far. Because you are going to be the one to write this book. You are going to get tips from the writer of the Secret Series. You will create your own characters from scratch, and fill in the blanks in their story. Literally. If you are a striving writer, or want to write, then read- I mean write, Write This Book, by Pseudonymous Bosch. Pseudonymous Bosch has done an amazing job with the Secret Series, as he is an outstanding author. However, this book shows that he is also a great teacher, as he uses tricks and tips he has learned over the years of writing, in order to help you achieve your own dream of writing. This book teaches you how to write about characters, how to set up a story, how to make a detailed setting, and how to make the thing that he is amazing at. Suspense. All throughout the book are tips and fill in the blanks, and a lot of blank pages, because this book, will be written by you. I would recommend this book to aspiring writers, or simply if you need some tips on writing a story. This book is not intended for any one age group, as you can use it throughout your ages. If you are a fan of Bosch’s style of writing, read his other books, like the Secret Series, and Bad Magic, a not yet finished series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    From July 2013 School Library Journal-- Gr 4–-7: —The author has taken it upon himself to teach his readers everything there is to know about the art of writing. He sets forth his proposition early on: "You, the reader of this book, shall be the author of this book." After he shares the basic premise of the plot--two siblings, A - - - and Z - - -, stumble on a mystery involving a missing author--he goes on to provide plenty of substance about the main elements of a story. Through his reluctant an From July 2013 School Library Journal-- Gr 4–-7: —The author has taken it upon himself to teach his readers everything there is to know about the art of writing. He sets forth his proposition early on: "You, the reader of this book, shall be the author of this book." After he shares the basic premise of the plot--two siblings, A - - - and Z - - -, stumble on a mystery involving a missing author--he goes on to provide plenty of substance about the main elements of a story. Through his reluctant and snarky narration, readers learn about all the parts of a book, from the copyright page to "About the Author." An "official character assessment form" allows readers/authors to figure out what kind of person the main character is going to be before proceeding with the story, and a plot map literally shows the way from the inciting incident to the quest to the climax to the denouement. "Write This" directives followed by blank pages allow inspired readers an opportunity to jump in with their own ideas (librarians, beware!). The result is a marvelous tutorial, covering everything from how to write effective dialogue to choosing perspective to genre to world-building. As with other books in the series, PB's long-eared sidekick, Quiche, jumps in from time to time. Ford's whimsical spot art adds to the humor. Writing a book has never been so much fun. A must-have where the "Secret" series is popular.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaina

    While this book pretends to be a DIY book, the author is actually writing a story while prompting you to think critically about the book. There is also a lot of helpful advice for young writers. The theme of this book is creativity. The author urges you to pick your own path. You even get to choose the characters names! I think what the author is trying to say is that there's no recipe for creativity, you have to discover it for yourself. One use of symbolism in this book is the gold talisman. T While this book pretends to be a DIY book, the author is actually writing a story while prompting you to think critically about the book. There is also a lot of helpful advice for young writers. The theme of this book is creativity. The author urges you to pick your own path. You even get to choose the characters names! I think what the author is trying to say is that there's no recipe for creativity, you have to discover it for yourself. One use of symbolism in this book is the gold talisman. This is the beginning of when the tale splits into parts. It symbolizes the choices you have whenever you create. You're free to do whatever you want. This is a good book for kids that aspire to be an author. It's very insightful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    S.E.

    Save for Lemony Snicket there is no one more nefarious in childrens literature than Pseudonymous Bosch. The big mystery this time is the mysterious disappearance of the author of this book. The readers must take the helm or the future of the original author will be in jeopardy. The reader won’t have to do it alone, Bosch gives them instructions and clues to completing an awesome mystery novel. Even the uncompleted novel is a fine mystery and whatever the reader comes up with just makes it richer Save for Lemony Snicket there is no one more nefarious in childrens literature than Pseudonymous Bosch. The big mystery this time is the mysterious disappearance of the author of this book. The readers must take the helm or the future of the original author will be in jeopardy. The reader won’t have to do it alone, Bosch gives them instructions and clues to completing an awesome mystery novel. Even the uncompleted novel is a fine mystery and whatever the reader comes up with just makes it richer. Bosch makes writing a game not a chore which when the writing is flowing it should be. (look for interactive literacy troupe The Story Pirates promoting this title in your area!)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Xeala★

    when i was first given this book, i expected it to be like the title says: write this book. i was expecting lists and guides and more of the sort, not someone telling me that i can write whatever i want and then the next minute tell me that they've planned it out for me and i have to follow it. even though Bosch says its supposed to help you write better, he still uses modern cliches like "the villian" can have a "killer smile" or the setting can be of THREE CHOICES. its confusing and i don't re when i was first given this book, i expected it to be like the title says: write this book. i was expecting lists and guides and more of the sort, not someone telling me that i can write whatever i want and then the next minute tell me that they've planned it out for me and i have to follow it. even though Bosch says its supposed to help you write better, he still uses modern cliches like "the villian" can have a "killer smile" or the setting can be of THREE CHOICES. its confusing and i don't really recommend it for anyone over the age of 8...

  21. 5 out of 5

    ~Defender of the Shire~

    Pseudonymous Bosch strikes again! In "Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery," the funny author guides you through the steps of writing a book in entertaining ways. With a few references to "The Secret Series," this book is a lot of fun to read AND write. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has an interest in writing--specifically writing with a humorous attitude.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorien Griffith

    I have very much enjoyed Pseudonymous Bosch's secret series.Although im not as fascinated by his plot is writing is fabulous!In write this book he guides readers or writers through the process of writing a book.Although i do not agree with Bosch on his view of fiction this book had me continuously laughing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madison Simon

    Have you ever wanted to write a book? You can start your own story with help from Pseudonymous Bosch with this book! But more importantly, Pseudonymous Bosch- I mean, I.B. Anonymous-- drops some clues about The Secret. Read this book if you want a laugh and are a fan of Pseudonymous Bosch! I liked it because the author interupts himself so often and it is very funny.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Harris

    If you like his books then you might enjoy the same narrator guiding you through writing a story. Light hearted but with examples of genre, plot, etc. that will be easy to understand for the beginning story teller. And if you are mad at how he ended his series, the main characters in his story are too, so you can relate.

  25. 5 out of 5

    emyrose8

    Really liked it. If you haven't read the Secret Series by the same author, I highly suggest you read them before attempting this book. It will get a little confusing otherwise. Lots of great stuff about plots and characters and writing an interesting story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abdur-Raheem Modan

    Excellent writing from Pseudonymous Bosch (as always) however I found that his writing style was very different from mine so it was a little bit difficult to gain a lot of guidance however I did learn some things...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sebareesh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book has helped me when I have free writes and has made me more independent before reading this book. The author adds comedy in the middle of tense or very serious moments which make me laugh and in addition the author has also kept a few jokes when you are bored so you don't get bored.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    dislike. its cute i guess. but i would write something that would contradict a future chapter without realzing. so i gave up

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This is a super fun book! I haven't finished all the writing in it, but it's been awesome.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tatyana

    I always loved the series.

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