I was cautiously optimistic about this book. It’s a script to a play, not a novel, and it’s not solely written by Rowling, so it could have been a flop. Or it could have been a good play that doesn’t read well independent of the stage production. Or it could have taken the characters off in a direction that I didn’t like.
But it is actually quite a good story, and it holds up well as a book. I found it easy to read, and didn’t find the format distracting at all. Lots of familiar characters appear, some briefly and some in major roles. The 40-year-old versions of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny are all believable and recognizable.
I read through the whole book today. I found myself quite absorbed in it. And I find myself wanting to read more about the adventures of Albus and Scorpius.