Monday, May 01, 2006

Did she borrow or did she steal?

'Kaavya's this girl with awesome grades and parents who were obsessed about her getting into Harvard. They even hired a college admissions consultant, which lots of parents do these days. This consultant reads some of Kaavya's writing, which happened to be about a girl whose parents want her to get into Harvard so badly that she never has any fun. The consultant sends it to a big agent, who sells it to a book packager, who makes a deal with a big publisher. The book is called 'How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life'. And Kaavya, just 17 at the time, got close to US$500,000 for a two-book contract. She also got a movie deal with DreamWorks. Oh, and she got into Harvard, too...' More / Book pulled off shelves


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