Quiz: Can You Match the Blurb to the Book?

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Carolina Ciucci


Carolina Ciucci is a teacher, writer and reviewer based in the south of Argentina. She hoards books like they’re going out of style. In case of emergency, you can summon her by talking about Ireland, fictional witches, and the Brontë family. Twitter: @carolinabeci

Book blurbs pull a lot of weight. I don’t know about you, but I’ve often decided on whether or not a book is for me, not because of the summary but because of the blurb. After all, if someone tells me that a book is for fans of Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls, well, how am I to resist that? I know I should at least give it a try. (Although to be fair, the title of that book would’ve probably drawn me in any way.)

But let’s get specific: not all of the blurbs in this quiz made it to the cover of the book in question. Sometimes, they are there on the Amazon page, boldly declaring that somebody loved this book enough to give it a truly fantastic and distinguishable blurb. Or, in one particular case, hated it so badly that they decided to demolish it without mercy. Consider that one an Easter egg. Most of these blurbs, though, are the best kind of marketing. I can almost guarantee that you’ll be picking a new read based on at least one of them.

So, do you think you can match the blurbs to the book? Pour yourself your beverage of choice, and let’s find out. Or, for the impatient, you can scroll down to skip straight to the answers.

Quiz Results

Book cover of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

“It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America.”

My Sister, The Serial Killer cover

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

“The wittiest and most fun murder party you’ve ever been invited to.”

Cover of Eating People is Wrong

Eating People Is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury

“If eating people is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

Cover of Lessons In Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

“The Catch-22 of early feminism.”

the cover of If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

“Nerdily, and winningly, in love with Shakespeare.”

cover image for the violin conspiracy

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

“I loved [book] for exactly the same reasons I loved The Queen’s Gambit.”

Cover of The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic

The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall

“For fans of Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls.”

cover of I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette Mccurdy; photo of author in a pink dress holding a pink urn

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

“How can a book be so sad and so funny?”

Cover of Oreo

Oreo by Fran Ross

“Satire and metafiction, a picaresque and a bildungsroman.”

Cover of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“Mom’s fishing for husbands — but the girls are hunting for love.”