Who is it?Her name is Kaavya Viswanathan , she wasborn in Chennai, India and was an exceptionalwriter in high school. She won many awardsand then wrote a book called "How Opal MehtaGot Kissed, Got WIld, Got life" . it later gotsigned by Katherine Cohens with the Ivywisecompany.
What Happened ?Kaavya Plagiarizedsections of hernovel with one ofher favoriteauthors MeganMcCaffertys book"Sloppy Firsts" and"Second Helpings"
Where did it happen ?It happened at Harvard law school in the townJamaica Plain,MA,a neighborhood in Boston.
How did it happen?After Kaavya received $500,000 for her novel"How Opal Mehta Got kissed,Got Wild, andGot a Life" a month after it was published byLittle,Brown and Co.close to a month Kaavyawas accused of plagiarizing after the HarvardCrimson newspaper found many passages inher novel that were similar to two of MeganMcCaffertys books"Sloppy Firsts"and"SecondHelpings" all of the novels in the bookstoreswere taken off the racks and sent back.
When did it happen?Kaavya was accused in 2006 after her parentsdied in a single-engine plane crash in Ohio
Why did it happen ?● Viswanathans book had many similar passages to other books such as "Sloppy Firsts"● There was even a point where she copied 14 words directly from the book● Viswanathan had her book accused by readers as plagiarism after it reached 37th on the Bestseller List.
Conclusion● Kaavya claims that any similarities between the two books was not done on purpose. Even if they were just a coincidence, it is still considered plagiarism. There will always be a way to catch people who copy others work.
Work Cited● Zhou, David. "Student’s Novel Faces Plagiarism Controversy." Harvard Crimson. (2006): n. page. Web. 31 Aug.2012.<http://www.thecrimson. com/article/2006/4/23/students-novel-faces-plagiarism- controversy-beditors/>.● Smith, Dinitia. "A Second Ripple in Plagiarism Scandal ." New York Times. (2006): n. page. Web. 31 Aug. 2012. <http: //www.nytimes.com/2006/05/02/books/02auth.html>.