How Kaavya Viswanathan Got Caught
Numerous blogs (including Bookslut) are pointing to a report by Harvard's Crimson that sections of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life were lifted from other books, specifically Megan McCafferty's Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings.
I've read through some of the evidence and gotta say that some of the similarities are rather stricking, although most of them are so cliche that it's hard to condemn Viswanathan outright.
Now the fact that she lifted large parts of her story from teen comedies of the late 90s, particularly Popular, is a little more obvious.
The fact that she got a $500K advance for an entirely unoriginal novel is just heinous.