If only Kaavya Viswanathan were more like James Frey
Kaavya Viswanathan, author of the novel HOW OPAL MEHTA GOT KISSED, GOT WILD, AND GOT IN, is now being probed for issues of plagiarism. Her book has strikingly similar (okay, identical) sentences to those found in Megan F. McCafferty's SLOPPY FIRSTS and SECOND HELPINGS.
The debut novel, which Publishers Marketplace reports was sold for "just under $500,000", is now getting hammered, a la James Frey. No wonder it was worth a half mil'; it was already a bestseller.