Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan may have plagarized from two authors:
A reader alerted The New York Times to at least three portions of “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life” that are similar to passages in the novel “Can You Keep a Secret?” by Sophie Kinsella.
While the plots of the two books are distinct, the phrasing and structure of some passages is nearly identical, the Times reported Tuesday.
In one scene in “Can You Keep a Secret,” which was published by Dial Press, the main character, Emma, comes upon two friends “in a full-scale argument about animal rights,” and one says, “The mink like being made into coats.”
In Kaavya Viswanathan’s book, Opal encounters two girls having “a full-fledged debate over animal rights.”
“The foxes want to be made into scarves,” one of them says.
[I don’t understand why you’re being so snarky. You plagiarized practically everything from Raymond Chandler-ed. Who didn’t?]