5.29.2006

Review: How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life



How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan

I actually checked out this book before all the controversy erupted around it. Now, the title has been pulled from production, with no plans for reissue, and Viswanathan's second novel will not be published either.

Bearing in mind I have not read any of McCafferty's titles, I thought this title was cute, but to me, would have been much better marketed to a YA audience, rather than an adult audience. It read and sounded like a YA novel with lots of pop culture references - much better suited to today's teens rather than today's baby boomers or retirees.

What Viswanathan did was clearly wrong, but I think it's time for the storm to pass. If we all were blasted on CNN for the mistakes we made when we were 19, none of us would have made it to 20.

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