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.

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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