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I was excited about The Paper Wasp but it just didn't work for me. It didn't work because the premise--adoration of and proximity to a famous female movie star through the eyes of a psychologically damaged and only-going-to-be-more-so *and* economically and socially disadvantaged female was done so well in the recent novel Looker (by Laura Sims) that The Paper Wasp felt too familiar and not nearly as powerful. The Paper Wasp has its differences, of course, but they weren't strong enough to make this a memorable read for me.