February 10, 2016

Little Brown Pulls Book For Plagiarism

By LJ Staff

It seemed to good to be true – and it was. Little, Brown April 27 ordered book stores to yank and return copies of 19-year-old author Kaavya Viswanathan’s debut novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, after it was discovered that as many as 45 passages from the book seriously resembled passages from several of Megan McCafferty’s novels, which the teen author had read. Viswanathan, a Harvard University sophomore, had caused a stir by landing a reported $500,000 book deal, which may now be voided and her promising writing career scuttled. Viswanathan appeared on the Today show admitting the similarities in the material while insisting that she did not consciously copy McCafferty’s work. Joanna Pulcini, McCafferty’s agent, however, said that it was "understandably difficult for us to accept" that Viswanathan was capable of unintentionally copying so much of McCafferty’s prose.

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