Kaavya ViswanathanBy Jeremy Andrade, Caitlyn Minas, Andrew Pabalan, and Mariabella Ramos
A College Student with a Big DreamShe started out as another writer in highschool. In 2006, Kaavya Viswanathan, Harvardsophomore, published Opal Mehta Got Kissed,Got Wild, and Got a Life.
Similarities between the booksViswanathans writing shows similarities with 2 ofMegan McCaffertys books, "Sloppy Firsts" and"Second Helpings," in a total of 13 cases throughoutthe book.For example . . .
McCaffertys version"Though I used to see him sometimes at Hopeshouse, Marcus and I had never, everacknowledged each others existence before.So I froze, not knowing whether I should (a)laugh, (b) say something, or (c) ignore him andkeep on walking. I chose a brilliant combo of(a) and (b)."
Viswanathans version"Though I had been to school with him for thelast three years, Sean Whalen and I had neveracknowledged each others existence before. Ifroze, unsure of (a) what he was talkingabout, or (b) what I was supposed to do aboutit. I stared at him."
The Case of Kaavya ViswanathanA telephone call was sent to The New York Times,who noticed the similar parts in the book.She was said to be plagiarizing upon SophieKinsella, whose book was about a British womanrevealing her secrets to her American boss.
The Settlement of Kaavya ViswanathanThough initially her publisher defended her,Little, Brown soon withdrew every copy of thenovel from stores, a deal that was worth lessthan $500,000.
She graduated in 2008 and got accepted to GeorgetownLaw. She is now an intern at one of the most prestigiouslaw firms in the nation, Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. The End