Monday, April 17, 2006

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

This audiobook looked intriguing at the PLA Conference last month so I picked it up and brought it home. How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan is the story of a girl who has worked hard all her life in order to attend Harvard University after she graduates high school. And all things point in that direction, she's smart, gets good grades and has gotten involved in plenty of academically connected activities like the Physics Club. But the dean at Harvard who interviews her thinks she needs to add something to her life...like a life where she has friends and hangs out and does fun things.

Listening to this story was fun even if it's a little predictable. Opal changes her images (like in the movie "Mean Girls") and begins to have a lot more fun than she ever did but also questions why she is doing that! The narrator is Indian so all of the names and the voices of Opal's parents are done in a distinctive Indian accent which is fun.

Definitely take a look at this if you have a chance!