Monday, July 23

Ditched by Robin Mellom

Ditched by Robin Mellom
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher:Hyperion Book CH
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary: 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.

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.

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.

My Thoughts: Oh, Justina how I loved your story!  I loved hearing your side in a gas station in your eyes.

We are introduced to Justina who has been ditched, at her own prom. It's early morning, she has no car, is  moneyless, purseless, and all alone. She ends up in a gas station telling two other women her story.  It all starts off with her feelings for Ian, her best friend, and the prom date from hell.

She had her prom so planned out. She picked out the perfect dress (perfect for her), the perfect shoes, even the perfect boy. It all starts out with Justina telling them about the way she went and picked out the dress with her mom and dyed the shoes to match. She was asked by Ian, and she was excited to go. Very excited to finally be able to reveal her feelings for him once and for all.

Justina is the kind of girl who has to limit herself. She limits herself on how much money she spends on clothes every week at the thrift store, she limits herself on what she eats, and how she eats it. She hasn’t always been this way, she had quite the reputation but she’s a changed girl. She’s very goal oriented.  And Ian, oh Ian, I can’t say much about him but he was swoonworthy!

We learn every detail of the night through Justina’s eyes from each and every stain on her dress, and every moment that counts. We even get to experience eating the gas station food with her and the pre-prom party. And we get to learn more about her tattoo! Neato!  I loved learning the stories behind those stains!

Ditched was a fantastic story. I loved it so much! I can see both sides to this story. I can see why Justina wanted everything to be perfect but I can see why Ian acted the way he did too.

I really enjoyed Ditched a lot. It was a short fast read and I could see myself reading another 200 pages of this and still being interested.  I’m not a flashback kind of girl but I really loved this one.

Overall: I can’t wait to see what Mellom writes us next! She sure does know how to tell an interesting story!  Not everyone will enjoy this one I’m sure because its contemporary, and the plot basically focuses on her time at prom. It won’t be a novel for everyone, but it was the perfect novel for me!

Cover: Love it! Her dress is awesome, I actually like it! And love how everything is so blue! And even love the background. Neat cover!

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The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I loved the flashback aspect of this book-I've been very happy to see a flood of YA books using this plot for a lot of fun stories.

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Hmm, still not sure about this book, but I did enjoy reading your review! It's always fun to read enthusiastic reviews ^^ I like the sound of the flashbacks, but I'm not sure if the subject is my cup of tea.


I really want to read this one, but think I'll check it out at the library. Sure wish Disney-Hyperion liked book bloggers! I'm glad you enjoyed this. I've only read one other review and she enjoyed it as well. I just have to see why her best friend ditched her at a gas station. And if things work out. I'm just too curious not to read it! Your review makes me even more curious!



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