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Eight writers who published blockbuster books while they were still studying.

So, what did you do during your studies? It is a great opportunity for most of us to make new acquaintances and discover new scientific interests. I' ve spend my four years doing long articles on president's library and female nutrition theories, working as a bartender and having a drink with my friend Edward Otherudder (it was strange - don't worry).

However, for some composers, the university is the beginning of their career in literature - the academy is not just a place where they can refine their skills and find new composers; they themselves are newcomers. Several of today's most accomplished novelists began to publish their work when they were still undergrades - Veronica Roth, Bret Easton Ellis, Zadie Smith and others.

However, they have not rested on their laurels; they have continued to write and publish and their reputation has only increased (although things have worsened for some, as you will see below). Divergent, the first novel in her madly acclaimed YA serial, began when she was at Northwestern University during the summer recess; she was selling the film before graduation.

As Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life Was Posted and Released, while Viswanathan was an undergrade at Harvard, not unexpectedly, the work on a high-schooler is trying to get into Harvard. When it became known that Viswanathan copied many of her parts (by Meg Cabot, Megan McCafferty and, yes, Salman Rushdie), her editor took the novel off the shelves and terminated her work.

Following the friendships and family of two British men and playing in a messy London, White Tea became a true classics immediately after its release. While Smith was still a Cambridge undergraduate, the textbook has become a curriculum for graduate and graduate studies around the year. Maynards was still published by the New York Times in the pertinent and shocking "An 18-Year-Old Looks Back On Life" ("And I - I am 18, caught it in the middle").

She was able to benefit from her early popularity and later published To die For and Labor Day. For his 1985 novel Less Than Zero, Ellis did not need much research - he was writing the volume about a student's drug-driven hibernation while he was a seminarian himself. As the novel's main character, he visits Camden Collegium, a free art academy that appears in Ellis'The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho and is strikingly similar to Donna Tartt's Hampden Collegium (the two went to Bennington together, and their personalities are often mentioned in each other's work).

Their only thing more than Girl's Tilly Tilly, a ghost, an fictional playfellow with an nasty side, is the fact that the writer still finished it during high and published it while in class. Authors of The Outsiders, the epitome of the coming-of-age novel, saw her first novel, which was published with great applause while a freshmen in Oklahoma.

And if that wasn't impressing enough, Hinton wrote it while he was at university.

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