Stephanie Zvirin

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Hit harder than her brother or sister by their parents' separation, 14-year-old Robin [narrator of The Queen of the What Ifs,] is even more disturbed by her father's affair with another woman…. Personal concerns about sex and romance surface to complicate her life further, but they take a clear second place to worries about her family. The portrait of the liberal, slightly offbeat Jewish family …, almost a hallmark of Klein's writing, is once again evoked, and the author demonstrates a sure feel for natural, realistic dialogue. But her fans will miss the force and energy of some of her previous books and find her characters, though quite likable, curiously insubstantial.

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Stephanie Zvirin, in a review of "The Queen of the What Ifs," in Booklist, Vol. 78, No. 20, June 15, 1982, p. 1364.

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