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In many ways, parallels in 'Opal,' 'Sloppy Firsts' are striking

Two novels have a teenage heroine, similar encounters

By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / April 25, 2006

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At first glance, Kaavya Viswanathan's debut novel, ''How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," seems like a completely different tale of teen angst from ''Sloppy Firsts," Megan McCafferty's 2001 first novel. ''Opal" is about an Indian-American girl who, in a quest to get into Harvard, endeavors to become a social success. ''Sloppy Firsts" follows the travails ... (Full article: 720 words)

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