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How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life - Kaavya Viswanathan This is the book from the 2006 Harvard student plagiarism controversy. I was reminded of it with all the Fifty Shades drama.

This link gives some of the examples of the passages in question:
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2006/4/23/students-novel-faces-plagiarism-controversy-beditors/

To be fair, I haven't read the book from which Viswanathan allegedly plagiarized, but at the time I remember thinking it seemed to be a case of one mediocre book with trite sentences copied from another. The book was eventually pulled from stores and destroyed.

I find it somewhat ironic that the examples of suspected plagiarism here are relatively subtle when compared to the similarities between Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight (there's a good example in this review). And yet Stephenie Meyer seems pretty unconcerned about it all.