Student PlagaristPosted: April 24, 2006
A recently-published novel by Harvard undergraduate Kaavya Viswanathan ’08, “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life,” contains several passages that are strikingly similar to two books by Megan F. McCafferty—the 2001 novel “Sloppy Firsts” and the 2003 novel “Second Helpings.” At one point, “Opal Mehta” contains a 14-word passage that appears verbatim in McCafferty’s book “Sloppy Firsts.”
Whole article by Davis Zhou can be found at The Harvard Crimson.
It’s sooo aggravating and disheartening that people believe they can cheat their way through. And, get paid very well when they accomplish it.
I guess it’s too bad for those who follow the rules. 😦