Marsha Hartos

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Near the end [of The Queen of the What Ifs] Mom talks about the value of love in terms other than sexual, but one statement cannot erase the opposite message developed throughout the book. Klein does not present a realistic picture of life. Instead she exploits teenage girls' natural interest in sex. There are careless mistakes: Mom is said to have attended two different colleges; Robin says she gives two cello lessons a week but describes three pupils; her friend Terry tours France but returns instead from Rome. Klein's fans may have no objections to The Queen …, but librarians may prefer more thoughtful and careful writing.

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Marsha Hartos, in a review of "The Queen of the What Ifs," in School Library Journal, Vol. 29, No. 8, April, 1983, p. 125.

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