If you rave about a book you just read, you're telling people you think it's great, or you're giving it a rave review.

Rave has two levels, one that implies you're very excited about something and the other that you are too excited, so you seem crazy. While raving about a movie means to talk it up, being a raving lunatic means you are engaging in a lot of crazy talk. When you rave about a performance, you talk enthusiastically about it. Take that enthusiastic talking to the next level, and you might be called raving in the crazy sense.

Definitions of rave
  1. verb
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    synonyms: jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, spout
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    praise enthusiastically
    “She raved about that new restaurant”
    synonyms: gush
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    type of:
    express approval of
  3. noun
    an extravagantly enthusiastic review
    “he gave it a rave
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    type of:
    critical review, critique, review, review article
    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
  4. noun
    a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
    raves are very popular in Berlin”
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    type of:
    a party for social dancing
  5. verb
    participate in an all-night techno dance party
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    type of:
    have or participate in a party
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