It’s always understandable when an author does not react well to a negative review of one’s work. After all the time and labor one has put into writing a book, it smarts when someone finds that the result isn’t as good as one had hoped. Moreover, a number of positive reviews does not numb the sting left by a negative review, especially when it concerns one’s first book. Over time, one can develop a thicker skin and a more philosophical approach to reviews of one’s work, but to ask that someone not react is to suggest that they should not be human.
One of the most interesting (and sometimes anxiety-inducing) experiences an author has is that of having his or her work reviewed. Most authors should not find this a terribly strange experience, since most authors also write reviews. But somehow it’s a little different when one is on the receiving end of a reviewer’s comments.