Teen book pulled off shelves for plagiarism

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” came out in March with a first printing of 100,000. DreamWorks has already acquired film rights. Little, Brown has said the book will be revised as quickly as possible. Similarities to McCafferty’s books were first spotted by readers. They alerted McCafferty, who in turn notified her publisher. Since then, numerous similar passages have been found. Viswanathan was assisted on her book by 17th Street Productions, a book packager specializing in teen narratives. Viswanathan has said she read McCafferty’s books three or four times while in high school but didn’t bring them to Harvard with her and didn’t consult them while writing. “When I sat down to write my novel, my only intention was to tell the story of Opal,” she said in a statement earlier this week. “I was so surprised and horrified when I found these similarities.” NEW YORK – A teen novel at the heart of a plagiarism dispute has been pulled from stores. Author Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard University sophomore, had acknowledged that several passages in “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” were borrowed from the works of another writer. Publisher Little, Brown and Co., which had signed the author to a reported six-figure deal, said in a statement Thursday that it had notified retail and wholesale outlets to stop selling copies of the book, and to return unsold copies to the publisher. Viswanathan has apologized repeatedly for lifting material from Megan McCafferty, whose books include “Sloppy Firsts” and “Second Helpings,” saying she had read McCafferty’s books voraciously in high school and unintentionally mimicked them. McCafferty’s publisher, the Crown Publishing Group, labeled Viswanathan’s actions “literary identity theft” and had urged Little, Brown, which initially said her novel would remain on sale, to pull the book. Viswanathan’s novel tells the story of Opal, a hard-driving teen from New Jersey who earns straight A’s in high school but who gets rejected from Harvard because she forgot to have a social life. Opal’s father concocts a plan code-named HOWGAL (How Opal Will Get A Life) to get her past the admissions office. McCafferty’s books follow a heroine named Jessica, a New Jersey girl who excels in high school but struggles with her identity and longs for a boyfriend.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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