Friday, May 12, 2006

How BillyBlog Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Collector's Item

Recognize this smiling face? She may look familiar. Her name is Kaavya Viswanathan. She's not smiling anymore, as her debut novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, was pulled from stores and her book deal with Little, Brown was cancelled amid plagiarism allegations.

In true capitalist form, the day that Little, Brown announced that they would not be publishing a revised version of the book, I ordered a copy through an Amazon subsidiary. My copy arrived last night and it is really a very attractive book.

On, there are only 2 copies listed, at $75 and $150, respectively. Although I cane down to earth today when I checked eBay and saw 90+ copies.

Only time will tell if this will be a "collector's item" or just a lurid footnote in publishing history.

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