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How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life

Viswanathan, Kaavya

ISBN 10: 0316059889 / ISBN 13: 9780316059886
Published by Little Brown, 2006
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got...

Publisher: Little Brown

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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New York: Little Brown & Company, 2006. ARC and Uncorrected proof; First Edition, First Printing, so stated, but of course as ARC/proof it precedes the trade first edition. No ISBN yet at the time this was printed, but it would become 0316059889. Fronted by introductory letter from Michael Pietsch of Little Brown. Cover design by Marie Mundaca. A sharp Near Fine, just white micro-dots along spine edge. Octavo, 312 pp.(interestingly, two less pages than the later hardcover). A scarce Advance Review Copy and "proof made from author's manuscript" of Kaavya Viswanathan's controversial expedition into - was it plagiarism ? - of two of Megan McCafferty's neo-chick-lit novels. Passages in in the freshman Harvard prodigy's novel are so similar to parts of McCafferty's "Sloppy Firsts" and "Second Helpings." - in some cases, nearly verbatim - that intentional plagiarizing seemed to many to be beyond credibility, lending perhaps-undeserved credence to apologists' theories. Some of those are rather outre: the possibility that the plagiarism was unconscious, that she had been so pressured to succeed since birth by her success-fixated family that "borrowing" was a learned habit. A "Stepford Plagiarism" variation on that latter even posited that such borrowing is actually psychologically programmed in some children in those circumstances, to the degree that they don't even notice doing it, or at least don't perceive it as an unacceptable action. The reaction has, in fact, been far more interesting than a genre book itself could possibly be. Some comparisons between Viswanathan's real-life behavior and that of her in-book doppelganger, Opal Mehta, even go so far as to imply that Viswanathan was, in fact, living her novel intentionally. L64

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