Kaavya Viswanathan

By Fareen Kiani, Helen Zhang, Angela Gentile

It was unintentional!

Kaavya Viswanathan is innocent because she unintentionally plagiarized from other books. Sources say that it was "creative plagiarism" (Marantz) and that her book, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life was "unconsciously and unintentionally borrowed from McCafferty's books," (Strauss). Therefore, she didn't mean to do it.



But...She Came From A Good Family!!!!

It was no surprise that Kaavya Viswanathan would end up in Harvard University. She was smart, and well rounded. Deena Shakir, one of Viswanathan's friends was shocked when she heard that Kaavya was guilty of plagiarism. Shakir claims that "She's intelligent and mature beyond her age," (Shakir). In addition Shakir states that "You could tell she'd been brought up by parents who taught her well," (Shakir). She was raised well, which makes it very hard to believe that she would do something immoral like intentionally plagiarize from a well-known novel. It's very unlikely that she would've plagiarized.

Why Would Someone Like This Plagiarize?

Kaavya's Life Mirror's Opal Mehta

According the Gary Strauss "Viswanathan's life has mirrored that of Opal Mehta, the protagonist in her novel," (Strauss). This makes it clear that Viswanathan could not have plagiarized. Many of the situations that Opal Mehta goes through are very similar to that of Viswanathan when she was younger. Viswanathan was simply writing about her life, and one cannot plagiarize her own life.

Works Cited

Cohen, Paula Marantz. "Creative Plagiarism." The Chronicle of Higher Education59.09 (2012). Biography in Context. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.


Strauss, Gary. "How 'Opal Mehta' got shelved." Gale Biography in Context. USA Today, 8 May 2006. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.


Woods, Elizabeth Rhett. "Literature: Year In Review 2006." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 9 Dec. 2013.