<BGSOUND SRC="http://www.angelfire.com/blues2/robbiebenigno/treeofhearts.mid" LOOP=INFINITE> I, Me and Myself: How Opal Mehta got Life..

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

How Opal Mehta got Life..

This is story is all about A Mean Girl’s clone with a neurotic Indian-American heroine determined to get to the top. Opal Mehta`s parents are so focused on getting their daughter into Harvard that they have created a full-blown plan, complete with an acronym—HOWGIH or 'How Opal Will Get Into Harvard.' But when she goes for her on-campus interview, the dean of admissions tells her that her numerous accolades are not enough.

He wants her to delay her application and find friends, romance and fun. The Mehtas, entirely out of their element, hatch a new plan, HOWGAL, or 'How Opal Will Get A Life.' After a full-blown makeover, thousands of dollars` worth of new clothes and an absurdly organized crash course in pop culture, Opal is on her way. She becomes one of her high school`s 'it' girls, she skips class to go shopping and she even seems to be getting closer to the boy of her dreams, student council president Jeff Akel.

But, of course, popularity comes with complications, and after an electronic mishap leaves her alienated, she begins to realize that there are compromises between the two Opals—and, even better, that she`ll be able to explore them with other smart, well adjusted kids as a freshman at Harvard.

Well, though this book seems interesting when I read excerpts about it..The way it is written by a teenager.. Sounds to be a good work but unfortunately her books have been taken off from the shelves of all the stores , in all parts of the world. Some of my favorite lines would be

“After seventeen years of dreaming, I was actually here, actually at Harvard. Being so close to everything I had worked for made me feel light-headed. I quickly pulled a thermos out of my backpack and took a few sips of tea. It was lukewarm after four hours in the car, but the familiar sweet-spicy taste helped settle my stomach.”

“I mentally ran over my interview questions checklist.

"Tell me a little about yourself."

(serene smile). I'm ambitious and determined. I put one hundred and ten percent into everything I do. I don't like to be just average at anything, so I'm always pushing myself to be the best. I'm interested in a wide array of academic subjects. I also try to be environmentally and politically aware—I'm active in my school's recycling program, and in addition to reading the newspaper every day, and recycling it (polite laugh), I'm heavily involved in student government.
(haha..well u could use this for ur interviews) “

About the author:
The book, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life," was recently published by Little, Brown to wide publicity and she received $500,000 as part of a deal for "Opal" and one other book, had seemingly plagiarized language from two novels by Megan McCafferty, an author of popular young-adult books the 2001 novel “Sloppy Firsts” and the 2003 novel “Second Helpings.”. Since she was a huge fan of the author McCaffery, she wasn’t aware of internalizing some of the phrases(29 to be exact), but she was caught copying deliberately.

This fact was known after this book was up in the stores which was supposedly #32 New York Best Seller. Though she apologized for her unintentional act, the publishers were not ready to publish and withdrawn even her second book( which is yet to pulished). Infact felt sad about this lass for she would have taken pains to write her reverie novel but was abortive. Well, this made me to write about her novel on my blog.


Blogger geodexter said...

wow, lav this is a really great work. I too feel sorry for Kavia.. good that u have written about the issue. Its really wounding when we find our unintentional mistakes grow into a full blown problem. But anyway the girl has become world famous.. perhaps infamous. She's infact could make a positive use of this and come up. Remember, several Indian female writers were not initially respected.. but somehow they struggled to the pinnacle.
Apart from the writer's issue, ur descriptive skills have improved a lot. Sorry to say, but sincerely speaking I was finding a lot difficult to understand ur earlier posts. U know what i mean by understanding.. getting deep into the very thought process of a writer. But this post is a break through. Its clean, cogent and articulate. Keep up the pace.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Suganya said...

gud work lav..
one point contradicting atma... these are not unintentional as the girl is indeed a gr8 fan of McCaffery (from ur post) n 29 phrases being the same is no coincidence.. maybe its just bad luck for the gal as she would not have expected the such consequences...

1:59 AM  
Blogger Jaya Chithra said...

hmm..so u liked the book n the gal?? i hve got da book..yet to read it.. wil read it n comment well on this again..

11:35 AM  
Blogger lavanya said...

Hi atma,

Thanks for ur comments.. yes, infact I felt lil sad for this Harvard undergraduate gal Kaavya on reading whole lots of contradictory issue in many literary review. And of course I agree with u tat she is quite popular coz of this.. but u know atma, even the very institution she is studying has warned her on this issue and it seems she has given up writing her second book( after this novel, which is also to be published) .
And atma sorry to say, I have internalized few sentences as I have read on net on my post.. So I don indeed to claim ur praising !

Hi sugan,
Hey, its not tat she has imitatied the entire phrases but few words in the context of usage like ” brainy female character “ which is aboriginal Of McCafferty
Check on this possibly http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=512965

To JC,
Yes infact I liked both.., but to read the full books..and how did u get the book re? Heard tat its not available in stores

9:50 PM  
Blogger pavi said...

Hey again saw ur blog from the Internet explorer ... I am at hyd in an IWAY ( internet cafe de sify )
Hey ur page really looks great in IE ... especially the falling hearts ... hey do u mind mailing me the code snippets for hearts and the bottom message to pavi.geek@gmail.com

1:24 AM  
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9:29 AM  
Blogger JL said...

I read the first chapter, winced, looked at the end to see if she got into Harvard, and returned the book to the library.

4:58 AM  

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