Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom – REVIEW

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Disney Hyperion, 277 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult

There’s a girl.
Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. That said, she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.

And there’s a boy.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat, handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.

Then there’s a ditch.
But when Justina is ditched, figuratively and literally, she must piece together–stain-by-stain on her thrift store dress–exactly how she ended up dateless…with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven.

To get the whole store, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. Can losing out at her prom ultimately lead to finding true love?

Ditched is told in kind of a Quentin Tarantino-esque manner. We begin at the end of the story. Justina’s prom dress has about a 10 stains on it when she walks into a gas station the morning after her prom, at which she was ditched by her best friend and date, Ian. Through flashbacks, we see just how Justina ended up like this.

This book is SO FLIPPIN CUTE. I mean, Justina is naive without being annoying and I automatically wanted to take her under my wing, like I would a baby sister. She has an interesting mother (seriously, who thinks matching blue shoes to a blue dress with blue accessories is EVER a good idea?!) and a cutie-pie boy BFF. And as she told her story of how her prom was a total disaster, I couldn’t help but laugh and simultaneously groan and feel bad for her. Poor girl!

This was exactly what I was looking for. It’s fun fun fun contemporary that is light-hearted and an all-around good time. It reminded me a lot of a Molly Ringwald 80s movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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