The Paper Wasp


I’ve officially quit.

I quit a book that I thought would be so good. Reviews said decent things, and one version of the cover is edgy beyond belief, which made me believe it would fit into my love of Indie Books. However, it did not…

It’s silly, but quitting books is so hard for me. I feel like I owe it to the author to finish their story. I imagine this feeling stems from the fact that I classify myself as a writer, and I fear that when I finally find the courage to publish something, people will put it down and never finish what I have to say. But, as I approach my 30th year of life and my always-growing “To Be Read” list, I have decided my new motto is, “Life is too short to continue reading books you don’t like.”

Imagine sitting in a room of deafening silence. The walls are white, and there’s nothing and nobody around. Where would your thoughts take you? My guess is that even your craziest thoughts wouldn’t get you to the insane feeling that you get when reading The Paper Wasp.

Full transparency, I quit reading this story about 50 pages in, but every single time I picked this book up, I felt like I was going nuts. Lauren Acampora wrote The Paper Wasp in first person, which does not bother me at all. In fact, I naturally lean toward first person writing. However, every other line was I, I, I, you, you, you. I felt that the book lacked depth and clarity. The character development was taking forever to unfold, and there was nothing keeping my hooked.

If you read this book, I would love to know your thoughts and opinions. Was it a good read for you? Did you ever truly enjoy it?

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