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Copy claim student novel pulled
Kaavya Viswanathan
Ms Viswanathan published her debut novel in the US last month
The best-selling novel by a university student who apologised for similarities between her book and another author's work has been pulled by its publisher.

Publisher Little Brown asked retailers to stop selling Kaavya Viswanathan's book and return any copies.

The book, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, has passages that have been compared to the novels of Megan McCafferty.

Viswanathan has apologised and said the similarities were unintentional.


She has promised to change her novel for future print runs.

Crown Publishing Group, which published McCafferty's work, said more than 40 passages of Viswanathan's book contained either identical language or common scene and dialogue structure to two of McCafferty's books.

Its senior vice president, Steve Ross, called it "an act of literary theft".

But following Little Brown's withdrawal of the book, Crown said it was pleased with the outcome and that McCafferty was "not seeking restitution in any form" and hoped to put the affair behind her.


Viswanathan said earlier that she had "read and loved" two of McCafferty's novels when she was younger and was "very surprised and upset" to learn of the similarities with her own novel.

She added: "I am a huge fan of her work and can honestly say that any phrasing similarities between her works and mine were completely unintentional and unconscious."

The student also apologised to anyone who felt "misled by these unintentional errors on my part".

She signed her contract with publisher Little Brown at the age of 17, making her the youngest author signed by the publisher in decades.

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