From the first time I read about it I found it hard to believe that author Kaavya Viswanathan could really be worth the $500,000 advance she received from Little Brown for her first book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life. (The offer also apparently involved a second book as well.) I didn’t request the book because I was a bit annoyed by the whole idea. It could have been a decent read but $500,000 for a teenager to write her first book? WTF? And her statements that she was writing 50 pages a week while studying for final exams really annoyed me. It didn’t ring true and it certainly seemed ridiculous. I couldn’t help but think that the folks at LB had offered too much money to a kid who was trying to do too many things at once. And then, this bombshell dropped.
It seems that Ms. Viswanathan had a little help when it came to writing her book and author Megan McCafferty is not pleased (nor is her pubisher, Random House).
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