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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.
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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