After being on hold for the book for several weeks, I was finally able to check out How Opal Mehta got kissed, got wild and got a life. Some may recall that this book was the subject of controversy a couple of months ago, which culminated in its being pulled from stores amid escalating accusations of plagiarism by the author, a Harvard student.
I have some thoughts on that, but first, what I thought of the book:
I am not a big fan of generic YA literature; normal stories about angsty teenagers thrill me about as much as normal stories about angsty adults, which is to say, not at all. (Though it’s interesting to note that I don’t seem to have a problem when this sort of general fiction is translated to movie or television…) I tend to not even pick up books of the sort unless there’s a gimmick that strikes me as clever, like the Princess Diaries series. (more…)