Tuesday, April 25, 2006

If only Kaavya Viswanathan were more like James Frey

It seems James Frey can't stop making things up--and it seems like Kaavya Viswanathan can't make up much at all.

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.