September 18, 2006
"How Opal Metha Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life" by Kaavya Viswanathan
When I saw this on the shelf, I couldn't resist. This is that book written by a Harvard sophomore that was splashed all over the New York Times a while back, not because of its quality but because she got a huge advance on the publication and then was busted for plagiarising most of the contents.
As a chick lit piece, it's pretty good. Anyone who has seen the movie "Mean Girls" will recognize a lot of the plot. Opal is not straight off the boat from Africa, as in the film. Instead she's lived her entire life executing a plan designed to get her into Harvard. She's stunned when she's turned down for early admissions when she can't answer the question, "what do you do for fun?" The rest of the book chronicles her attempts to transform from studious unknown to glamorous and popular wild child. Overall, it's a fun read. Too bad it's also basically stolen goods.
Posted by jnardine at September 18, 2006 08:15 AM