This novel could be classified under “young adult” genre. It was written by Kavya Vishwanathan, after graduating from her high school. You cannot find this book in the market now, as it was withdrawn from the market just two weeks after its release due to the allegations of plagirim. But you can still download it from the internet and read it once as it is a good entertainer.
To tell about the author, Kavya Vishwanathan was born in Chennai, India and spent most of her childhood in UK. Her parents moved to US when she was in middle school.
Now coming to the book, Opal Mehta is the protogonist of the book. The story is about how a study oriented NRI girl finds out what life really is! The protogonist has only one ambition in life and that is to get into Harward university! This ambition was filled in her by her parents from her childhood! They had drafted a strategy HOWGIH(“How Opal Will Get Into Harward”)! At seventeen, our protogonist was “completely ready” for Harward! She has a flawless academic record, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, she volunteers at the local hospital and she had even taken welding classes! She has prepared for the interview by mugging up answeres for “All Possible” questions that could be asked by the dean of the university! But the interview does not go in a “Usual Way” and dean exposes the truth that “Opal doesn’t know how to have fun”!
The parents assume that having “fun” is being “cool”! And they draft a strategy HOWGAL(“How Opal Will Get A Life”)! The next is the story about how this strategy goes awry and how Opal finds that being “cool” is not having “fun”! The story is totally unrealistic but still fun! You will enjoy it. I would rate it 8/10. If you get a chance, download it and read it once.