Four-Word Summary Challenge

I was watching the Try Guys the other week and their video of celebrating their four-year anniversary by playing a game where they pick a slip of paper with titles of videos they made and try to explain it to their partners in four words in four seconds. I thought that would be fun to apply to books, so here we are.

Because I don’t make videos or write books, I’m using a list of books that I’ve read. I wrote down a whole bunch of (hopefully) well-known YA books and selected 15 of them to try and make a summary in four words (or less).

The two rules I have are:

  1. I’m not allowed to use any words in the book title
  2. I’m not allowed to use any character names.

If you want to play along, you can try and guess what book I’m talking about after reading my short summary and then click the drop down to reveal the title. For the most part, if a book is part of a series, I used the first book just so there would be less spoilers.


1. E-mails and oreos

click to see answer

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2. Spaceship pilot, red hair

click to see answer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

3. Impossible heist for money

click to see answer

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

4. Am I not merciful?

click to see answer

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

5. Fire breathing bitch queen

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

6. Weird colorless children photos

click to see answer

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs

7. Under the mountain madness

click to see answer

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

8. Teen prodigies, death, cure

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Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu

9. Obsessed with Carry On

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

10. Four factions, SAT words

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Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

11. The Bachelor: royalty edition

click to see answer

The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

12. World War II girl

click to see answer

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

13. Blood color determines class

click to see answer

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

14. Virtual reality gaming championship

click to see answer

Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu

15. Sleep-related super power

click to see answer

Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer



How did you do?

What are your thoughts on this “challenge”?


Until next time….


5 thoughts on “Four-Word Summary Challenge

    • Jessica 09/23/2018 / 9:00 am

      Good to hear! I felt like some of my summaries were too generic and could easily be confused for a different book, but I’m glad you got most of the ones that you’ve read. 😀

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  1. Gerry@TheBookNookUK 10/04/2018 / 5:38 am

    I really like this one and am going to pinch it and do it if that’s ok? I will tag back to you so people know where I got the idea from! This looks like fun 🙂

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    • Jessica 10/04/2018 / 8:08 am

      Yes of course you can try this! I hope you have fun with it 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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